This is just a smaller new post thread to transition to a much more in-depth and longer post to come soon. Until the new post comes, we wanted to hear from The Bird Cage Faithful on the Atlanta Falcons biggest areas of need by position.
The Cage’s Take
Some will say defensive ends or cornerbacks or maybe even running backs, but the Falcons must finally infuse some much needed talent into an offensive line that has overachieved since its inception. Maybe a new OL coach, scheme, and offensive coordinator can make a big difference with the guys already on roster, but Dimitroff likely even concedes he hasn’t drafted enough talent.
Only two players are solid at two positions, Justin Blalock and Tyson Clabo, and the rest will be totally up for grabs. Joe Hawley gave some flashes and Will Svitek did an admirable job in relief, but still major question marks on Mike Johnson and Andrew Jackson remain. Garrett Reynolds will likely only be seeing a starting job at RT if they move Tyson Clabo inside.
The Falcons could go in several different ways here, but one thing is certain: the idea of the smaller, quicker defensive tackles to get penetration with unspectacular defensive ends just doesn’t work. They are solid with Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters, and are committed to Ray Edwards. Vance Walker provides a nice role player and Peria Jerry is staring down his last chance with the Falcons.
It appears the Falcons will part with Abraham unless he agrees to take a big paycut. Lawrence Sidbury has shown flashes, but very uncertain if he can be a 3 down DE. Kroy Biermann may be back in Atlanta or he might be moving on elsewhere. Maybe it’s finally time to get a big-bodied DT in here to help out the defensive ends, under tackle DT, and linebackers, especially some moves to 3-4 principles.
This one’s obvious since Tony Gonzalez said this would be his last year and Michael Palmer seems to be no more than a legitimate #2 TE. Drafting Gonzalez’s replacement this year is an almost certainty.
William Moore is set at strong safety, but is often hurt. Thomas DeCoud may get another shot under a new and proven defensive coordinator or the Falcons may decide to part ways and draft a new starter. James Sanders provides a nice insurance policy for both Moore and DeCoud, and may even be the day 1 starter until they groom a new draft pick. Shann Schillinger was always a special teams player, but it appears his days are numbered in a Falcons uniform.
Dynamic. The Falcons must get dynamic in the backfield in some form or fashion. Perhaps a Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers combo at running back could work if used correctly, but Turner is heading downhill fast and Rodgers doesn’t have burner speed, but rather quickness. If the Falcons decide to part with Turner, they likely would keep Snelling as a transition back until a rookie gets up to speed, but it’s doubtful they’ll keep both again. Perhaps Antone Smith finally gets used correctly and can make a dent.
This much is certain: they must find a way to get more dynamic in the backfield.
-What’s your top 5 positions of need
-Rank yours with descriptions of why?