Atlanta Falcons fans, players and front office personnel understand the Falcons have to be able to effectively run the ball in order to achieve all their goals in 2019.
The Atlanta Falcons have had some great running backs over the years; Gerald Riggs, Warrick Dunn, Jamal Anderson, Michael Turner and Devonta Freeman to name a few. Even in a passing league, the elite teams can still run the ball on various downs and pick up much needed yards. The Rams do not make it to Super Bowl LIII without the big yards CJ Anderson was able to pick up during their playoff run.
Looking at the moves the Falcons have made over the last few months, it seems as if Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn understand this as well. With the addition of the versatile Luke Stocker, who is as good a blocker you will find from the TE/FB spot, to the drafting of Chris Lindstrom, Kaleb McGary and Qadree Ollison; there has been a push to compliment what Matt Ryan and the passing game establish.
How effective can the run game be for the Falcons? Look no further than 2016. The team finished in the Top five in the National Football League in run offense. How many times has the Falcons offense achieved this during the Matt Ryan era? Just one other time – 2008. Dig a little deeper, those are the only two years that the Falcons even finished among the Top 10 in the NFL.
Let that sink in. As great as Matt Ryan has been for the Atlanta Falcons, he has never actually had the run support that many believe he has had. No one wants to admit that Matt has played with a sub-par roster and talent for most of his career and yet is somehow 30 games over .500 as a starting quarterback.
The Atlanta Falcons 2019 season will feature a 100 percent healthy Devonta Freeman, five former first round picks on the offensive line, a great blocking tight-end and a stable of running-backs that can pick-up the tough third down yards that have eluded this franchise for years.
While there are still many that are sleeping on the Falcons in 2019, this fan base should not be one of them. There are many reasons to be excited and the ability to run the football is near the top of the list as to why.