As you can see, the Atlanta Falcons are not very good, at least their record indicates that much and with the trade of wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots, full rebuild mode or retooling has begun. It was a tremendous period for the franchise, the most successful in its history, but the National Football League has constant turnover being it uses a hard salary cap and only a few teams have managed to maintain a level of championship success for a significant period of time, the aforementioned Patriots.
The Falcons have to consider quite a few things going forward. The franchise has significant contracts with quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones, left tackle Jake Matthews, cornerback Desmond Trufant, linebacker Deion Jones, and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. In reality there are quality pieces in place but the question is whether or not the front office staff, including General Manager Thomas Dimitroff and Head Coach Dan Quinn are up to par in putting them in the right position.
After a devastating loss in Super Bowl LI, I believe that this coaching staff has never recovered. When you have to deal with the public scrutiny, ridicule, and outright teasing that the franchise received after that game, it is understandable that the chip on their shoulder to get it done became a boulder to great to overcome. The team itself after getting to the playoffs in the year after the SuperBowl loss will likely miss its second straight postseason, where seemingly the team has regressed. As much as this regime’ has done for the squad, it is time to turn the page from top to bottom.
So, what does turning the page look like in the great city of Atlanta for the Falcons? Owner Arthur Blank, is no stranger to keeping the customer in mind, will undoubtedly hear the complaints. As it is proven in the last few weeks, if the team is not good, the people will not come. I think you have to bring in a fresh face at the General Manager Position, someone in tune with the modern-day NFL. In contrast, I believe that you cannot go new in the head coaching position. I believe that the coach has to be a name that is good on one side of the ball or the other, with previous head coaching experience, that deserves a second shot at a job.
Finally, I believe that personnel wise you have to build interior lines on each side of the ball, with a well-established pass rusher, none of which has been here since John Abraham. The franchise despite its losing of late it in a very good position to catch fire again because it has pieces in their prime, while other teams within the division are in “win now mode.” The Falcons can be good again, but it is definitely time for a change in culture.
As former U.S. President John F. Kennedy said, “Victory has a thousand fathers, defeat is orphaned.”