Birdland — Our pal Darin Gantt, who’s over at profootballtalk.com now, has the Falcons ranked 12th in the popular website’s preseason power rankings.
He believes that the Falcons have a hot mess along the offensive line and that if they don’t make their playoff push this year, veterans like tight end Tony Gonzalez, defensive end John Abraham and running back Michael Turner might not be around for the next playoff push.
Gantt considers the receivers and defensive backs as team strengths. (A lot of these previews overlook the job that Keith Armstrong has done with the special teams. The special-teams unit have been a hidden strength in each of his four seasons with the Falcons).
He notes the changes in the coordinators and that he’s going to miss Brian VanGorder’s cool mustache.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog