1989 Atlanta Falcons season

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1989 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Marion Campbell
Jim Hanifan (interim)
Home field Fulton County Stadium
Results
Record 3–13
Division place 4th NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1988 1990 >

The 1989 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons drafted Deion Sanders with their first round pick in the NFL Draft. Marion Campbell retired after the twelfth game of the season.[1]

Despite having Sanders in their defensive backfield, the Falcons surrendered 7.59 yards per pass attempt (including quarterback sacks) in 1989, one of the ten worst totals in NFL history.[2]

The latter part of the season was marred by two tragedies. On November 24, rookie offensive tackle Ralph Norwood was killed in an automobile accident eight miles from the Falcons' training facilities.[3] Just under a month later, on December 19, backup tight end Brad Beckman was also killed in an auto accident.[4]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1989 NFL Draft
1989 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 5 Deion Sanders *   Cornerback Florida State
1 27 Shawn Collins  Wide receiver Northern Arizona
2 38 Ralph Norwood  Offensive tackle LSU
3 62 Keith Jones  Running back Illinois
6 145 Troy Sadowski  Tight end Georgia
7 172 Undra Johnson  Running back West Virginia
8 202 Paul Singer  Quarterback Western Illinois
9 229 Chris Dunn  Linebacker Cal Poly
11 286 Greg Paterra  Running back Slippery Rock
12 313 Tony Bowick  Defensive tackle Chattanooga
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1989 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Rankin M. Smith, Sr.
  • President – Rankin M. Smith, Jr.
  • Executive Vice President – Taylor Smith
  • Director of Player Personnel – Ken Herock
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Chuck Connor

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Foge Fazio

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Tim Jorgensen

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 Los Angeles Rams L 31–21
38,708
2 September 17, 1989 Dallas Cowboys W 27–21
55,285
3 September 24, 1989 at Indianapolis Colts L 13–9
57,816
4 October 1, 1989 at Green Bay Packers L 23–21
54,647
5 October 8, 1989 at Los Angeles Rams L 26–14
52,182
6 October 15, 1989 New England Patriots W 16–15
39,697
7 October 22, 1989 at Phoenix Cardinals L 34–20
33,894
8 October 29, 1989 at New Orleans Saints L 20–13
65,153
9 November 5, 1989 Buffalo Bills W 30–28
45,267
10 November 12, 1989 at San Francisco 49ers L 45–3
59,914
11 November 19, 1989 New Orleans Saints L 26–17
53,173
12 November 26, 1989 at New York Jets L 27–7
40,429
13 December 3, 1989 San Francisco 49ers L 23–10
43,128
14 December 10, 1989 at Minnesota Vikings L 43–17
58,116
15 December 17, 1989 Washington Redskins L 31–30
37,501
16 December 24, 1989 Detroit Lions L 31–24
7,792

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 442 253 W5
(5) Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 426 344 W2
New Orleans Saints 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 386 301 W3
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 0 .188 0–6 1–11 279 437 L7

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Awards and records[edit]

  • Shawn Collins, led all NFL rookie wide receivers in receptions (58)

Milestones[edit]

The Falcons drew a franchise-low attendance of 7,792 for their finale, a 31–24 loss to the Detroit Lions on Dec. 24.[7]

References[edit]

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