Why the Falcons will win the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLIVThe NFL is full of teams that have missed the playoffs one year and gone on to become Super Bowl champions the very next. It is the only major sports league that can say every team has a chance, and truly mean it.

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 11 years but here are five reasons this could be the year they are the ones holding the Lombardi trophy in January.

#1 – They are a team on the rise

Coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first-time in franchise history, the Falcons are poised to put their inconsistent ways behind them. The defense has allowed 325 points in each of the last two years and got a lot better with the signing of Dunta Robinson from Houston. Their offense has talented players at all the key positions and everyone will have had an offseason to get healthy.

#2 – The Big 3….and more

When Matt Ryan was drafted third overall he completed Atlanta’s own version of the Cowboys early 90s Triplets. He joined Michael Turner who signed as a free agent and Roddy White who was fresh off his breakout season. They have led the Falcons in passing, rushing and receiving, respectively, for the past two seasons. Tony Gonzalez, Michael Jenkins and a healthy Harry Douglass mean this team has as many weapons as even the best offenses in the NFL.

#3 – One of the best front offices in the league

With owner Arthur Blank, President Rich McKay, and GM Thomas Dimitroff, the Falcons front office has their own version of The Big 3. Add in head coach Mike Smith and they have smart football people from top to bottom. They have made smart decisions on draft day and added key free agents to make this team young, fast and capable of winning now.

#4 – Their division is slipping

Okay, so the Saints are still in the South the last time I checked. That doesn’t mean the Falcons are relegated to a Wild Card. The Saints are no stranger to inconsistency: they haven’t posted back-to-back winning seasons under Sean Payton. The Buccaneers, with a second-year coach and uncertainty at quarterback, are about three years away from seriously challenging. That leaves the Panthers. This will be the first time in seven years they won’t open the season with Jake Delhomme as their starter.

#5 – It’s the NFL

As I mentioned before, there is no reason to think the Falcons can’t go from a non-playoff 9-7 season to winning the Super Bowl. A young productive offense and a fast, playmaking defense has this team positioned to be good for a long time. But why wait?

Can the Falcons win now? What is your timetable for their success? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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  • Tom Martin

    I was once a die-hard Falcons fan, so I appreciate Troy’s optimism. However, a lot of teams have a lot of good people. We’ll see.

  • Troy Heinzman

    Thanks Tom. I just remember not a lot of teams were picking the Saints in the preseason last season. It’s not a guarantee just a possibility that isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility.

  • http://www.reservationforsix.com Bryan Brackney

    I am not confident in Michael Turner, and their defense is nothing special

  • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

    Hi Bryan, thanks for the comment. I disagree with your opinion of Turner somewhat. While his age (28) and injury last year concerns me, when he is healthy he is one of the best in the league averaging 20.5 carries, 95.2 yards and exactly one touchdown per game.

    As for the Falcons defense, don’t forget the Saints defense was 26th the year before they won the title. The Falcons were 14th this past season. When a team’s offense is clicking it makes the defense that much better. If the offense can go from 13th to the top five, then we’ll have something.

    You’ll have to excuse my optimism, Bryan, but that’s what the offseason is all about.

  • http://jrhd415 Andy E. Baileyan

    Yes! The falcons have always been the saints nightmare. The falcons have the arsonal to beat any team. My prediction is 12 wins

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      Solid prediction Andy. 11-12 wins seems like right in the wheelhouse this year. It will likely take 12 to win the division.

  • Alan Davidson

    I am more confident than I have been in a long time. Abraham was a 1/2 step away from logging about 10 more sacks this past year and he was being chipped constantly. With Peria Jerry back and getting a push up the gut, and Dunta Robinson in the secondary covering better. John will have a 2008 type sack total. Not to mention Spoons, who I think will have a standout rookie season. His motor will inspire the entire D.

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      Hey Alan, great point about Abraham. His age worries me but he does have the talent to get one more 10-sack year. Not many negatives on this team with the free agent additions and draft picks. I know I’ll be looking forward to seeing Weatherspoon and Dunta Robinson on this defense with Lofton.

  • Coltsfan2011

    I am a Indy Colts fan and I must admit… Atlanta Falcons are on the rise… They worry me… I believe they win the 2011 Superbowl… Just a weird feeling about it.

  • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

    Glad to see a Colts fan stopping by. You have definitely seen a lot of success so if you have a feeling the Falcons could be special, that’s a huge compliment. I’m trying not to be biased, but all the pieces are in place. Now it’s time to see if they can deliver.

  • Mark Henderson

    I’m from Louisiana so you know I love my Saints. However the Falcons have always been our worst nightmare. I very much dislike your team but all jokes to the side this could be your year. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if the Falcons actually take two wins against us this year… I know you want your revenge… They will just have to fight it because we will never give away wins! Good luck.

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      Thanks Mark. I know I’m looking forward to week 3 against the Saints. At least the Falcons will know where they stand right away.

  • Coltsfan201

    Like I said earlier in the season… Falcons will win Superbowl. Mark it.

    Go Colts 2011!