Good morning, Falcons fans. Is Kyle Shanahan in his best role yet? How does the Atlanta Falcons’ offseason grade up to this point? Let’s dive straight into today’s morning news and links.
Underrated Kyle Shanahan in his best role yet — Jason Reid of ESPN
"The offensive coordinator has found a home with the Atlanta Falcons, with a franchise quarterback waiting, and if he can help his new team bounce back from a lousy season, it won’t be surprising if he winds up running his own shop next year or soon after."
Offseason report card: Atlanta Falcons — Doug Farrar of SI.com
"Life was good for the team, though it could never quite get over the hump and into the Super Bowl. The Falcons came within four points against San Francisco in the 2012 NFC championship game, and that’s the closest the current iteration of the team came before things quickly fell apart."
Alum Finneran takes pride in White’s growth — Andrew Hirsh of AtlantaFalcons.com
"As one of the longest-tenured Falcons, Roddy White has had the opportunity to mentor plenty of his fellow receivers. Julio Jones, now a bona fide superstar, frequently credits White for helping him learn the ropes; so do players like Harry Douglas, Eric Weemsand, after spending a minicamp together, rookie Justin Hardy."
What lessons can Falcons learn from 2013-14? — Dave Choate of The Falcoholic
"As fans, we’re always searching for reasons why things went wrong. I think we’ve pretty much established that injuries, poor depth, a lackluster ground game, weak defense and the occasional boneheaded coaching decision doomed the 2013 and 2014 teams. The question is, what can this current Falcons team learn from those problems?"
Falcons training camp preview: Quarterbacks — Brian Jones of 247Sports.com
"When Mike Smith was fired from the Falcons at the end of the 2014 season, many thought that the Falcons head coaching job would be the best position for a new head coach because they have the one thing already in place in order to win quickly, and that is quarterback."