Atlanta Falcons new head coach, Dan Quinn, has finally been sworn in and introduced to the Atlanta media and fans. Now that he’s officially hired there comes the arduous task of reviewing game film and picking through the roster of one of the worst defensive and offensive rushing football teams in the National Football League. A task that’s sure to leave one wanting to pull their hair out, except Quinn comes post coiffure. However, the new head coach is going to have to make some very difficult decisions and even take some drastic measures if he desires to ever reach the pinnacle his late team, the Seahawks, have already achieved. To make his task just a little easier, as a long time Atlanta Falcons fan, I believe I can offer some quick, decisive yet painful decisions that are sure to not only get people talking, but I believe will start the organization moving toward a Super Bowl appearance and victory.
To begin, let me say I was never in favor of the Julio Jones draft trade. If you chronicle from that draft forward it’s very clear to see Atlanta wasn’t able to afford the loss of talent that was given up in that draft for one single player. That said, my first piece of advice would be to TRADE Julio Jones. Currently, the Oakland Raiders are sitting at the number 4 slot and seem to have a desperate need for wide receiver. How about Atlanta gets Oakland’s First and Third round picks for the services of Julio Jones? Now, let me say I would try to sell him to the highest bidder and preferably would love to trade with Tennessee but for now I’m going on what the talking heads are throwing out as team needs. So, Oakland needs a receiver, while Atlanta needs depth and talent. With that trade and the number 4 pick in the 2015 NFL draft, I believe the Falcons should draft Offensive Tackle, Brandon Scherff. BAM! Now, you have two stud offensive tackles to guard our franchise quarterback. Ah, I can already see Matty Ice grinning ear to ear with that pick. And since he’ll have all the time in the world to throw the ball, who cares who he throws it too, just as long as they catch it.
While we’re in the draft lets go ahead and finish out the first round picks. When Atlanta picks again at number 8 I believe they should pick Defensive End, Alvin “Bud” Dupree from Kentucky. If you get the chance, go study some game film of Mr. Dupree and the first thing that jumps off the page is he’s RELENTLESS! He looks like a younger and hungrier John Abraham with more room to grow. Now, before the first 10 picks are off the board the Atlanta Falcons would already have the offensive line anchored on either side plus they’ll be adding a true pass rush threat and all with one trade. I understand there are going to be plenty of people screaming and yelling if the Falcons were to trade Julio. But once the defense is rebuilt with younger, hungrier talent and the team begins winning, I’m sure the fair weathered fans will quietly return to their seats.
Outside of the Julio trade and the addition of 5 draft picks in the first 3 rounds, 9 total once the draft is complete, there will be the obvious cuts of Steven Jackson and Osi Umenyiora among others who have under performed in the past 3 seasons. While this may appear to be a simplistic yet very drastic approach to improving the team, the harsh truth is if you truly want to win a Super Bowl you have to leave all player allegiance aside and think about the team first.
The Atlanta Falcons have been at the bottom of the league in total team defense the past 3 seasons. The supposed “high power” offense has had trouble making short yardage first downs. The time for change is now, while we still have players who are in their prime to trade. I know the trade Julio line isn’t going to be easy to swallow, but I believe if our supposed wiz of a GM is truly worth his salt he can find a receiver in the later rounds. And who knows, it’s quite possible we get a seventh round receiver that turns into a number one receiver just like the Super Bowl Champ New England Patriots. In the end, it’s all about the team and I want my team to one day be called the Super Bowl Champion Atlanta Falcons. Till that day let’s put team first and RISE UP dirty bird nation.