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A Rebuild is Necessary, But Falcons Can’t Tear It All Down

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By Usayd Koshul February 28, 2020 0 Comment
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If there’s been one team that’s been disappointing in the NFL over the last few years, the Atlanta Falcons would be the best answer. Just four years ago, the Falcons, although coming off a Super Bowl loss, seemed like they could be an NFC Powerhouse. Julio Jones was playing his best football. Matt Ryan was playing at an MVP level. In the backfield, Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman teamed up to form one of the best running back duos in football. On the defensive side of the ball, guys like Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, and De’Vondre Campbell seemed like they were ready to be one of the NFL’s best defenses. With a perfect blend of youth and veteran leadership, general manager Thomas Dimitroff had assembled a squad that was ready to compete for the foreseeable future. Yet four years removed from their Super Bowl collapse, the Falcons have gone 24-24 and have missed the playoffs two out of three times. At one point in 2019, they were sitting at 1-7 before finishing the season 7-9.

As much as people want the Falcons to tear it all down, they can’t. Ryan is set to turn 35 in 2020 but the Falcons are locked into his contract until at least 2022. The same goes for Jones, who’s under contract until 2023 and cannot be released unless Atlanta is willing to take on severe cap repercussions. Then there’s Vic Beasley and Austin Hooper, both of whom are set to hit free agency this off season. Both have provided some stellar play over the last few years and by letting both go, the Falcons are creating more holes. With the 16th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Falcons are likely to go defense, either
replacing Beasley or addressing a need such as corner back. The offense still has a solid core but the defense could use some work on all three levels.

To build a team in the NFL is never easy. To sustain one with aging superstars is even harder. The Falcons are the latter. They’re a team with aging superstars who have what it takes to win but don’t seem to have it figured out. While it may be easier to just tear the whole thing down and start over, the Falcons can’t do that. They’re stuck where they are for now.

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