Atlanta Falcons: Lessons learned from previous offseasons
By Curtis Hobbs
For the Atlanta Falcons, offseason acquisitions have been possibly one of the biggest downfalls for this organization recently. Constantly, the Falcons have become like a cesspool of free agents and off-season additions who can never prove the worth of their contracts and rot away until they leave town.
As we inch closer to free agency for the 2016 season, it is not outlandish to be worried as the putrid attempt of making the off-season moves that will help this team.
When Thomas Dimitroff took over in 2008, he was easily able to hide behind the likes of the stars he inherited in Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, but, as everyone knows, his career has been marked by his inability of finding the right players to take this team to the next level through free agency.
Throughout the last five years of disaster, questionable signings have been a part of the ever-growing litany of failures in free agency. And one has to wonder how if these trends will continue heading into the 2016 campaign.
If you’re a Falcons fan, should you be worried? Yes, because this organization’s history and inability to sign players that will help Atlanta get over the hump has left them reeling in shame and embarrassment. In the time that should strike fear into the teams of your division, the NFC South knows that Atlanta has presented no sort of competition in this area.But, with a new regime, is this going to continue or will Atlanta be able to redirect their issues in signing the players they need to this offseason?
If we take a look back at the successes and failures of the off-seasons within the Thomas Dimitroff era, it is obvious that something needs to change in how this is handled by everyone involved with the Falcons. And maybe the new breath of fresh air, that is Dan Quinn, will finally begin to correct the time of the year where every Atlanta Falcons fan shudders because they are expecting more and more misses.
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