Heading into the 2019 offseason, the Atlanta Falcons had three priorities. They accomplished all three when they locked up Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones, and Julio Jones for the next three seasons, at which point the Falcons have an out in their contracts.
On Saturday evening, former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will reach the pinnacle of his profession as he is officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
And while Gonzalez played 12 of his 17 seasons in Kansas City, Dirty Bird Nation proudly calls the greatest tight end one of their own and for good reason. Gonzo ranks first in receptions (409), third in yards behind Jim Mitchell and Alge Crumpler (4,187), and tied for first in touchdowns (35) by a tight end in Falcons history. All of this despite Gonzalez playing in 55 and 28 fewer games than Mitchell and Crumpler, respectively, in his Falcons career.
The Atlanta Falcons made it clear last night that they weren’t satisfied with their offensive line even after recent investments in the unit during free agency. Both Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff stated in their press conference that they entertained offers to move up, but ultimately decided to stay put and select former Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom.
Then, after watching Cody Ford and Jawaan Taylor fall towards the end of the first, the Falcons surprised us all by trading their second (45th) and third-round (79th) picks to Los Angeles for the Rams’ 31st (and 203rd pick) to select Kaleb McGary, the athletic right tackle from Washington.
At the Falcons end of season press conference, Thomas Dimitroff declared that 2019 will be a busy offseason. And unlike other parts of the presser such as the qualifications of the next offensive coordinator, I believe we can take these words to heart.
Back in 2016, following a disappointing rookie season for Dan Quinn, the team went out and added two impact free agents in Alex Mack and Mohamed Sanu. A similar fate awaits the Falcons in 2019.
Allow me to be the first to say it. It’s time to start looking ahead to 2019. After three straight losses, following three straight wins which only served to give us false hope, the Atlanta Falcons are seemingly dead in the water in the NFC playoff picture at 4-7.
The Falcons essentially have to run the table, plus get some help from around the league, in order to make the playoffs at 9-7. And with tough games still remaining such as a home date with Baltimore and road games in Green Bay (where the Packers have not lost this season) and Carolina, that proposition seems futile.
Therefore, this article serves as the jumping off point into the offseason discussion of how Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff retool the Brotherhood in 2019. So without further ado, here is part one of a three-part series which will run through who the Falcons could cut, sign, and draft in 2019.
Greetings, Rise Up Readers! I am back for another installment of the Mattlanta Mon…wait, today’s not Monday!
Instead of continuing the Mattlanta Monday Mailbag series, I decided a bit of a re-branding was necessary with my monthly column this season. Now dubbed Three Questions with Karoly, I will be selecting two questions from you, the people, with the third question being one of my own that I’ve deemed to be the most relevant in the Falcons community today.
Thomas Dimitroff sits patiently in the conference room awaiting Dan Quinn’s return. The burnt smell of O-Zone emanates from the projector above him. He sips his kombucha tea and stretches his legs. He had just seen the film himself. The X-Ray of the 2017 performance. He had his ideas of what the diagnosis would be, but would Dr. Quinn feel the same way? “The man is gifted,” he thought to himself, “That’s why I came to him in the first place. Trust.” He said with a sigh, “I have to trust the process.” Continue reading →
Just two and a half years ago, the Falcons were a mess. They were coming off back-to-back horrific seasons, with a coaching staff departing in its wake. The cupboard of player talent was horribly bare. And the GM was holding onto his job by a thread, in jeopardy of losing his job by being “promoted”, that most British and apparently Arthur Blank-ian way of firing a GM.
Today, the Falcons are coming off their greatest season. They have a young, hungry, talented roster ranked no. 1 by ESPN. They have perhaps the highest functioning GM-HC relationship in football. They’ve created a team-first spirit, more akin to that of a high school or college football team.
A Falcon fan could be excused for asking, “How on Earth did we end up here?”
Like with almost every question, the answer is multifactorial. But, the answer does primarily rest with one person: Dan Quinn.
The Falcons’ 2014 round pick, the ferocious ball carrier, the down-to-Earth bulldozer who came out swinging at Jerryworld and never looked back – Freeman got paid today, and he earned every cent of it.
The Falcons signed the RB Freeman to a five-year extension, worth $41 million dollars (including $22 million of it guaranteed as he signed the dotted line). The extension comes just as Freeman prepares to head to Miami for a preseason matchup against the Dolphins. Continue reading →
In January, the story on Jalen Collins was different.
It’s not the one we’re telling today, the one where a young-but-promising cornerback has been suspended for a second-straight season for violating the NFL’s rules for using performance enhancing drugs.
One where, for the first ten games of the year, Collins will be sitting at home, watching his Atlanta Falcons try to make its climb back to postseason football (he’s not even allowed to be at the facility for that stretch).
One where some question Collins’ future with the team once his suspension is lifted. Continue reading →