The 2017 season left a bitter taste in the mouths of Atlanta Falcons fans. Here’s how they recover and get themselves back into future Super Bowl contention.
The debate over Steve Sarkisian as an NFL-caliber offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons will no doubt rage for the entire offseason. There’s no way to put that argument to rest until the 2018 regular season starts and he either proves his doubters right or wrong.
I personally think some discussion should be had about retaining Keith Armstrong as special team coordinator, as well. I was not impressed with any facet of the Falcons special teams other than Matt Bryant and Matt Bosher (as a punter – more on Bosher as a kickoff specialist later). If the Arizona Cardinals want Armstrong as their head coach, they can have him.
What about player personnel, though? Where can improvements be made in that sense to get Atlanta back to the promised land? The offense returned everyone of consequence from the Super Bowl LI team except Patrick DiMarco and Chris Chester. The defense not only returned all eleven starters, but actually supplemented them in free agency and the draft. Are there spots on the roster that actually need improvement?
In my opinion, yes, there are, and here’s how I break them down, beginning with the offense: