The Atlanta Falcons have made few moves this free agency period and after surrendering so many draft choices last year in order to select WR Julio Jones in the draft, free agency was going to be the sole fashion of adding additional needed pieces this offseason. However, Atlanta has been fairly lax in the free agent market this season and fans have to be wondering what to expect in 2012.
Atlanta has been able to string together back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history under the guidance of head coach Mike Smith, but the team has been unable to record on playoff victory under his leadership as well.
There has been no splash signing in free agency this offseason and with a minuscule number of draft selections later this month, the Falcons find themselves entering 2012 with basically the same team they finished 2011 with. The Falcons offense regressed in 2011 after the NFC league leading 13-3 overall record in 2010, but with no prospect of vast increased value to the 2012 regular season roster, Falcons fans have to be questioning the moves made by the front office, dating back to last season with the virtual surrendering of an entire draft in order to acquire WR Julio Jones.
The Falcons will now enter 2012 with WR Roddy White, TE Tony Gonzalez and RB Michael Turner, all one year older. Jones might continue to develop, but Gonzalez no longer stretches the field, and Turner is starting to show his carries.
QB Matt Ryan threw for a career high 4,177 yards last season but only posted one more career high touchdown, (29) while increasing his interception and fumble totals.
It’s time to take a serious look at the Atlanta Falcons and realistically think that this might be a team which is currently at it’s peak. Perhaps head coach Mike Smith enters the 2012 season on one of the hottest coaching seats in the NFL.
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