The Atlanta Falcons sent big shockwaves around the league by signing for Rams running back Todd Gurley. With the additions of Hayden Hurst and Laquon Treadwell as well, the Falcons are coming for that top spot.
Fans of the Atlanta Falcons haven’t been this excited about a signing like this since they brought in Alex Mack. Fans need to keep expectations low due to Gurley’s knee injury. What if the Falcons for one year get the Gurley of old?
Adding Gurley to an offense that consists of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Hayden Hurst can be lethal if Gurley is able to produce. If he’s able to produce 60-70% of what he’s capable of, the Falcons can have one of, if not the best offense in football.
People will be quick to say that Matt Ryan ”pads his stats” during garbage time but numbers are numbers and a productive Gurley can only help him. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley will help stretch the field out for Gurley and Hayden Hurst has shown flashes of what he can do on the field in Baltimore.
If you were to ask anybody who will have the best offense in the league, nine times out of ten you will hear four teams, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Kansas City, and Baltimore. These will all be explosive offenses but each one is lacking something that could prevent them from being the best.
New Orleans has Drew Brees and company but there have been times last season where the interior of his offensive line failed him. There have been times where Brees isn’t able to do anything, even with Michael Thomas lining up out wide because he’s too busy getting obliterated in the backfield.
Tampa Bay had one of the best passing offenses in the league last year even with Jameis Winston throwing interceptions like Oprah gives away cars, but the lack of a consistent running hurt them at times because the ball always had to be in his hands. Even with the signing of Tom Brady, who is 42, does he have the arm strength to consistently throw the ball downfield? That’s what Bruce Arians does down in Tampa.
The Kansas City Chiefs have an abnormality at quarterback with Patrick Mahomes, but just like the Bucs, they haven’t had a legit threat in the backfield to make things easier for Mahomes. They haven’t had that kind of person in the backfield since they had Kareem Hunt.
The offense in Baltimore is perfectly set up for Lamar Jackson and his skill set. The dynamic of this offense depends on how much Jackson progresses as a passer and does he have enough weapons on the outside to make opposing teams pay for just zoning in on his running abilities?
The Falcons have some issues of their own on offense as well. Not only is the health and durability of Gurley a big factor but how is this offensive line going to play next season.
If everything falls in place for the Falcons, this could end up being a season for the ages on the offensive side of the ball. The Falcons have taken a big risk in the past but if this one pays off, this offense could be something special.