The Atlanta Falcons used this offseason to virtually improve their roster from top to bottom.
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has successfully navigated this offseason for the franchise and has seemingly answered most questions the roster had coming into 2020.
Whether we are talking about the draft or about free agency, Dimitroff did his homework, crunched the numbers, and made the moves that most would agree made the Atlanta Falcons a team in 2020 that should make noise.
While there are many naysayers among every fan base, most of them hate the moves that Falcons made this offseason, but they could not be more wrong. Adding Hayden Hurst, Todd Gurley, Laquon Treadwell, and drafting Matt Hennessy will add a lot of depth and talent to Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley.
Trading for Hayden Hurst will go down as the most important trade the Falcons have made under Dimitroff. Yes, that takes into the trade for Tony Gonzalez in 2009. That trade needed to be done in order to have a veteran around a young Matt Ryan in order to show him how to navigate the NFL.
The trade for Hurst is more important because it will allow a veteran Matt Ryan to take the top off the offense in 2020 and for the Falcons to be the most explosive that they have ever been. Yes adding Todd Gurley is great and having 11 former first-round picks on offense is wonderful too, but the Hurst move will be the most beneficial.
Defensively, adding the talent around Grady Jarrett and Deion Jones will pay off for Dimitroff and the Atlanta Falcons.
Dante Fowler, A.J. Terrell, Josh Hawkins, Marlon Davidson, Charles Harris, and Deone Bucannon will add lots of depth and/or experience to a defense that has to improve in every statistical category if the Falcons are going to live up to their roster potential.
Of course, there is the “yeah, but” statement when talking about adding players that did not work out with their previous teams. However, we can all agree that most of the players that were added from around the league came from dysfunctional bad franchises.
While the Atlanta Falcons have had their issues, the players love their head coach and most of the front office has been around for a decade or more. There is a difference between being dysfunctional, bad at your job, and being dysfunctional and bad at your job.
The Falcons have been bad at their jobs but they have not been dysfunctional and bad.
This is the best coaching staff the franchise has had in quite some time and with the improved roster, 2020 should see the Atlanta Falcons make some noise across the NFC.