What is next for the Atlanta Falcons?
The Atlanta Falcons season was definitely a roller coaster ride. They began the season with a 5-0 start, and ended the season with an 8-8 record. There were a few bright spots, and of course, there were the bad. With back-to-back losing seasons, the Falcons and first year head coach, Dan Quinn, gave fans something to hope for next season with the mediocre 8-8 record.
The Falcons defense improved the most. Just looking at them, it was obvious that they entered the season with a completely new mentality, an aggressive one. Under Dan Quinn’s philosophies, the defense did not give up, competing on all four downs. They struggled a bit getting to the quarterback, only managing 19 sacks on the season, but with an off-season on the horizon, new additions could be likely for next season. The focuses on the defense for this off-season should be another pass rusher and a safety. They have many aging players who cannot get to the ball in the way they used to. The Falcons must bring in someone physical with a lot of speed.
The offense shoulders much of the blame. Entering the season with a dynamic receiving duo like Roddy White and Julio Jones, and a great quarterback like Matt Ryan, it is hard to believe that the offense was the problem. Roddy White’s age and injuries proved to a factor in his downfall, and he could be on the chopping block entering the off-season. The Falcons were able to establish the run game with Devonta Freeman, as he broke the 1,000 yard plateau for the first time in his young career. The problem was turning the ball over. There were a few running back fumbles, several bad snaps, and 17 interceptions (16 by Ryan), several occurring in the red zone. Matt Ryan had a bad year, but we all know he is not going anywhere, being a franchise QB. The focus should be getting an experienced, physical center to combat the young pieces on the offensive line.
If Dan Quinn can correct the mistakes and problems with the team, the Falcons can come out blazing hot again next season, and hopefully with a playoff berth.
Kezmit Eason covers the Falcons, Hawks and Georgia Tech for MFST, you can follow her on Twitter @MissKezmit
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