The NFC South basement dwelling Atlantic Falcons should be looking forward to an exciting offseason. After a forgettable season when this team was supposed to make a run at Vince’s trophy, fans can now look forward to an embarrassment of riches in 2014.
Last January, the Falcons were 10 yards away from winning the Super Bowl (view updated Super Bowl Odds here) and now 10 months later they are looking forward to an offseason where they can get healthy and build up the holes that will be left in their roster, specifically at running back and tight end.
With four games left in the season that should of never happened, hot seat coach Mike Smith and his team are still trying to wrap their heads around competing for a top draft spot instead of home field advantage in the playoffs.
"It's disappointing to have our team playing the way we've been playing," Smith said Tuesday night, two days after owner Arthur Blank publically backed the coach. "I really believe each year in the NFL, the dynamics change, and there's always a different feel to it than the previous year. But yeah, this has been (surprising). We've got to keep fighting through, just like any other season."
Rumors coming out of Atlanta say that Blank will keep HC Smith, who has won more games over the previous five years than any coach except the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, for the 2014 season.
During the previous offseason this team made moves to get back to the Super Bowl. From the signing of franchise QB Matt Ryan to a five-year, $103.75 million contract extension, to the coaxing of future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez back for a final season, to the free-agent acquisitions of potentially declining veterans like running back Steven Jackson and pass rusher Osi Umenyiora, this was a franchise intent on taking the next step.
The positive to come out of this dreadful season is a possible shot at the number one overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. With depth at WR, a talented defense and a franchise quarterback expect the Falcons to trade down to target a top tier running back like Melvin Gordon from Wisconsin or Ka’Deen Carey from Arizona.
Good luck to the dirty birds in 2014.no comments