Mar 5, 2024 - Sports

Falcons report card: F- for strength coaches

Then-Atlanta Falcons strength coach Thomas Stallworth during a warm up. Photo: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons rank 25 out of 32 NFL teams when it comes to workplace conditions, according to a report compiled by the National Football League Players Association.

What they found: The Falcons received an A- for their nutritionist, training staff, and ownership. They received a B- for their training room.

  • But the team's head coach received a C+, and the Falcons received a C for treatment of families, food and team travel.
  • Their weight room received an F, and their strength coaches an F-.

What they're saying: "The number one issue that the players felt needed improvement at the time of the survey was the head strength coach, who is no longer with the club. He received the lowest grade of any strength coach," according to the union's report.

  • "The players described a negative culture in the weight room; though, it is important to note that the respondents made it a point to say that the assistant strength coaches are great," the report added.

The other side: Former Falcons strength-and-conditioning coach Thomas Stallworth vented about his NFLPA grade in an interview with the AJC, where he said the report cards make already difficult working relationships more contentious.

  • "In my three years in Atlanta, I've never raised my voice at anyone," Stallworth said to the AJC.
  • "I've never cussed at anybody. In 2021 and 2024, a football coach who never raised his voice and didn't cuss at anybody. I would say the hardest job in the NFL is being the strength coach because you don't control playing time," Stallworth said.

Of note: The NFLPA added more categories this year, so that also shifted some of the overall rankings.

What's next: The Falcons are investing roughly $25 million into their training complex in Flowery Branch, Georgia, where they plan to add a two-story strength and conditioning space, new locker rooms and renovations to their dining services area, according to the team's website.

  • The new facilities are expected to be ready for use in 2024.

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