Things can unravel incredibly fast when you lose a critical game in a massively disappointing way. Since the Atlanta Falcons blew a 17-0 lead in the NFC Conference championship against the San Francisco 49ers two years ago, the franchise has been unable to recuperate and put together a decent season. They have incredible weapons on offense, a decent defense, a fairly capable head coach, and they haven’t lost many pieces since that game, but the Falcons have followed it up with a 4-12 and a 6-10 season. Quite a change considering they had reached 10+ wins in 4 of the last 5 years before then.
The Falcons still have explosive players on the team and leadership in every position. With arguably one of the best WR duos in the league, WR Julio Jones and Roddy White have to stay healthy to provide the team with the plays they most desperately needed down the stretch last season. QB Matt Ryan has been lethal since he came into the league but without both his favorite weapons he tends to struggle. He also hasn’t found a suitable replacement at tight end since the departure of TE Tony Gonzalez. But with the emergence of WR Devin Hester as a reliable receiver, the Falcons passing game will be as dangerous as always. And there is a lot of excitement when it comes to RB Devonta Freeman as he finally seems to be getting his shot at manning the Back position. Very explosive playmaking running back that should pair up nicely in the offense.
They seem to be finding excitement everywhere on the team and they can certainly use it! OL Joe Hawley, who missed most of the 2014 season is quite excited about getting to work in a new scheme with all the other linemen.
I’ve run some zone blocking schemes before but nothing like this. The way Kyle has it going is that we are attacking … the perimeter. I’ve never been a part of that. I’m really excited. I think it fits my skill set tremendously. I can’t want to get started out there
The falcons need defense at this point with DL Osi Umenyiora not panning out like they hoped with only 2.5 sacks in the season. New addition Adrian Claiborne should work nicely and complement Paul Woriwillow’s leadership, something they certainly need since John Abraham left the team. There are a lot of weapons in the draft that would certainly help the outside pass rush of the Falcons by the 8th overall selection, they need to see who lands in that spot.
DE Leonard Williams – USC
OLB Dante Fowler Jr. – Florida
DE Shane Ray – Missouri
OLB Vic Beasley – Clemson
Those four guys should be the top targets for the Falcons at the moment. Beasley as a last resort wouldn’t be a bad deal but trying to get a hold on Fowler Jr. or Shane Ray would certainly be the best move for the Falcons to do. I would expect them to try to move up a few picks to make sure they get the man they want. The Falcons lost the division on the last game when they faced the Carolina Panthers. They were both going to end with a losing record but it still meant playoffs for the winner which means not much needs to be changed, their execution needs to be better. The Falcons are a well rounded team, some help in the draft could take em back to the contending team that they were.