Arthur Clean just isn’t a arms-off proprietor. So when he says his workforce will not be a one-yr marvel, it is in all probability greatest to consider him.

In case you do not, nevertheless, this is some proof that he is not being over assured in his membership.

Matt Ryan

Having a confirmed franchise quarterback in your roster goes a great distance. The defending NFL MVP might have a tough time repeating his profession yr with out his offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, however the 32-yr-previous is the trusted chief of the group. Not many groups within the league can truthfully say they’re as assured of their present quarterback state of affairs as Atlanta.

Ryan has made the Professional Bowl each second season since 2010, hasn’t missed a recreation since 2009, and has led the workforce to only two dropping seasons in his 9-yr profession. He will not be probably the most thrilling character the league has to supply, however his consistency and expertise ought to put Falcons followers nerves comfortable.

Little turnover

Except for retiree Chris Chester, veteran D-linemen Jonathan Babineaux and Tyson Jackson, and cross-rusher Dwight Freeney (who may nonetheless re-signal), all the Falcons’ key gamers from the 2016 roster are returning. The veterans that have been misplaced can be changed by free brokers, draft picks, and gamers already on the roster.

As they appear to construct on final season and strengthen workforce chemistry, the Falcons will not want a lot time to catch one another up on the tradition and id of their membership.

Younger, creating roster

Head coach Dan Quinn got here to Atlanta with plans to make use of his former workforce, the Seattle Seahawks, as a blueprint for fulfillment. Like Pete Carroll’s first journey to the Tremendous Bowl, Quinn made it a great distance with a younger, gifted group. Eleven gamers who began or made key contributions to the Falcons’ 2016 marketing campaign enter this season 25 years previous or youthful.

Participant Place Age
Keanu Neal S 21
Deion Jones LB 22
Wes Schweitzer G 23
De’Vondre Campbell LB 24
Tevin Coleman RB 24
Jalen CoIlins CB 24
Grady Jarrett DT 24
Ricardo Allen S 25
Vic Beasley LB 25
Devonta Freeman RB 25
Jake Matthews LT 25

Current draft picks Takkarist McKinley and Duke Riley, are additionally anticipated to play key roles in 2017, and with the emergence of Taylor Gabriel, return of Desmond Trufant, and signing of Dontari Poe – all age 26 – the Falcons are poised to be a drive for years to return.

That youth also needs to do wonders to create motivation as an alternative of bitterness and frustration from the Falcons’ devastating Tremendous Bowl loss.


It does not take a genius to determine what is going to drive the Falcons in 2017, and certain past.

It has been nearly unattainable to overlook all of the “28-three” and “Falcons blew a 25-level lead within the Tremendous Bowl” jokes, particularly for some Falcons gamers.

Whereas it was only one recreation, that one recreation buried the story of the Falcons’ 2016 success and made them the butt-finish of countless jokes. Falcons gamers have spent a lot of the offseason answering questions on how that may have an effect on them going ahead. As soon as they hit the sector once more in September, they are going to be hungry to finish these questions and discover causes to maintain shifting ahead – although that loss is unforgettable.

Nonetheless constructing

The 2016 Falcons will not be the completed product Quinn got down to construct when he accepted the top teaching job two seasons in the past – he is nonetheless setting the inspiration, and never simply together with his gamers.

Quinn shook up his teaching employees, changing Shanahan with Alabama coordinator Steve Sarkisian and selling former NFL head coach Raheem Morris to passing recreation coordinator/assistant head coach.

Defensively, he dismissed defensive coordinator Richard Smith and D-line coach Bryan Cox. He promoted a number of youthful, creating coaches to vacated positions and added former All-Professional defensive deal with Bryant Younger to switch Cox.

The strikes weren’t finished in frustration over the Tremendous Bowl loss, however moderately as a part of Quinn’s effort to fill his teaching employees together with his personal guys so he can obtain his imaginative and prescient for fulfillment.

The Falcons usually are not the kind of group to work for years, make one Tremendous Bowl, and fade into obscurity. Actually, they’re Tremendous Bowl LI look was a tad forward of schedule, in accordance with their projected improvement. Do not anticipate the jokes to finish any time quickly, however in the event you assume they will derail the Falcons’ season, assume once more.

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