The Atlanta Falcons had a plethora of running backs to choose from in the 2020 NFL Draft, yet they decided to stick with what they had currently on the roster. This decision could end up being a tremendous mistake.
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter recently came out and said that the health status of Todd Gurley is unknown at this point, which is a very concerning statement considering Todd Gurley was almost certainly signed to be the starting running back heading into the season.
His health was a big question mark with the Los Angeles Rams, which is why he is no longer a member of that organization. Now that he is an Atlanta Falcon, the story has not changed.
There are a number of question marks with him joining the team and the Atlanta Falcons will need to be ready for when and if Gurley is sidelined during the season.
Sure, the team has capable backs in Ito Smith, Qadree Ollison, and Brian Hill, but none of those guys will carry the franchise through the season, or the next five to ten years like any number of the running backs could have in this year’s draft.
The Atlanta Falcons missed out on opportunities to find their franchise running back, but now they are stuck with more questions than answers at that position, which puts the team in the same exact situation that they have been in over the last couple of seasons when Devonta Freeman was the starting running back and was rarely healthy.
Obviously, the hope is that Gurley can at least have a productive season, but it’s hard not to think that signing him might have been a bad idea, even if it was only for a year.
As a fellow UGA and Gurley fan, I really hope he can help give the Atlanta Falcons a much-needed boost in the running game and become the MVP we all know he can be when healthy, but based off of what Koetter said, it is becoming very concerning that we may see yet another season of Matt Ryan throwing the ball 40-50 times a game because the running backs can’t get the job done or are hurt.