The Atlanta Falcons have not had a terrible season by any means, especially when you compare them with how analysts viewed them prior to the season. They have won games and that is something they can build upon.
However, they missed out — along with many other teams — on one cheap free agent signing in March that could have them with a zero in the loss column as the month of November comes to a close.
Geno Smith could have had the Atlanta Falcons on top of the NFL right now
This might seem like a bold statement because it most certainly is, but the Atlanta Falcons could be sitting on top of the NFC if they had made one under-the-radar signing back when free agency opened.
Geno Smith, the probable winner of the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award, was a free agent who didn’t sign until mid-April as he returned to the Seattle Seahawks after they traded away longtime starter Russell Wilson to the Broncos.
He signed for one year, $3.5 million, it would have been a total steal if the Falcons had signed him for triple that amount. It isn’t likely he would have turned it down to stay with the Seahawks either.
Many expected Seattle to be in the dumps this year, but that has been anything but the case as they are in the thick of the playoff hunt as the season enters the final stretch. He has been carrying an overachieving Seahawks team.
Now just imagine what Arthur Smith’s offense would look like with the NFL’s most accurate passer this season who also happens to be mobile. The offense would have one of the league’s best rushing attacks and a legit passing attack. There would not be many teams that could beat them. Now obviously, there is still the defense, but they have also kept this team in games this season.
Even if this team wasn’t undefeated with Geno Smith, they certainly would have firm control of the NFC South right now.