Atlanta Falcons: Preparation proving key to free agency success
By Curtis Hobbs
Flowery Branch – There are few teams that need to excel greater in free agency than the Atlanta Falcons. So far, they have been busy trying to lure high-demand players to plus fill their needs. Hoping to find the right pieces, the front office has kept the coffee pot busy as sleep will be an afterthought to this year’s free agency circus.
And though they succeeded in bring the highly-touted Alex Mack to the team, the job so far, by the front office has been perfect. And, before the insults start flying, there are many reasons why this is shaping to be the free agency period in franchise history.
Everyone knows that Alex Mack was the best center on the market and the job done to bring him to Atlanta was incredible. But, there has been a under-appreciated approach that this team has been making that should not go unnoticed: they have been getting the best at the position as they go down the pecking order of needs.
Soon after the Mack signing was announced, reports are that Mohammed Sanu was finalizing details to sign with Falcons. At the time, he was the best receiver available-mostly because others like Travis Benjamin and Marvin Jones had already been announced. After that, Matt Schaub was announced. Guess what? He was the best backup quarterback on the market and fit perfectly to the method the Falcons took into the offseason.
This intentional but aggressive approach led to the Falcons missing on a few players like Olivier Vernon and Danny Trevathan, but Atlanta had their priority list in order, and so far, they have been exercising this agency perfectly as they continue to reel in great players who will fill the voids for this team.
At the end of this free agency period, it is safe to say that the Atlanta Falcons plan has been executed perfectly and is making this 2016 class one that could change the trajectory of this team not only for next year but years following. And as we continue the rest of the days of the free agency circus, take a step back and look at how the preparation and execution will make this year huge success.
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