3 Moves the Atlanta Falcons shouldn’t have made this off-season
By Nick Halden
1. Chasing Deshaun Watson
From the jump, the Atlanta Falcons chasing Deshaun Watson didn’t make sense. Aside from the alarming off-the-field accusations, Watson has dealt with the Falcons chasing Watson never made sense. The team was willing to mortgage their future for a player who we know wouldn’t elevate a losing roster.
The last time we watched Watson play he was with the Texans leading his team to a 4-12 record. This was with a roster that had Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller, David Johnson, Justin Reid, and J.J. Watt. Watson certainly had more talent at the receiver position than Matt Ryan did this past season when Ryan managed to help the team reach seven wins.
The point is obvious even if the Falcons were somehow willing to look past Watson’s off-the-field legal issues the front office has clear proof Watson isn’t going to be able to elevate Atlanta without a good roster around him. How are you going to build a good roster if you give up your draft picks and possibly players in exchange for the quarterback?
Chasing Watson was a poor decision on a number of levels, one that completely changed the outlook on the Atlanta off-season and what direction they were actually headed. Chasing Watson had consequences for a team that seems to invent new ways to make the wrong play or wrong move when the right decisions couldn’t be more obvious.