The Atlanta Falcons have plenty of moves that they should make this off-season.
The Atlanta Falcons had a great season that was destroyed by Tom Brady and the Patriots late in Super Bowl 51. The damage has been done the collapse in the biggest game in franchise history will only be erased with time and a Super Bowl win.
For the Falcons to repeat as NFC champions they are not going to be able to count on last year’s success. Teams that have done so in the past not only haven’t made it back to the Super Bowl but have often missed the playoffs. There is plenty to do this off-season for the Falcons to improve their chances in the seasons to come.
The biggest hole on the Falcon’s roster is the absence of a real pass rushing threat besides Vic Beasley. The Falcons need to address their defensive line both in the draft and through free agency if they hope to improve.
There are plenty of elite pass rushers on this year’s free agent market that the Falcons could look to target.
The second priority of the off-season has to be either the decision of whether or not to bring back offensive lineman Chris Chester and who will back up Matt Ryan? Both are decisions that should become pretty evident quickly this off-season.
Drafting a quarterback in the later rounds of the draft could be a tempting move to make considering the draft success the team has had and the ability for a young quarterback to learn from Matt Ryan.
If they opt to sign a veteran backup however, don’t expect Matt Schaub to return since he is believed to be a possibility for the 49ers. A team that he would have a better chance of starting for.
The Falcons also have the decision of who will be their starting cornerbacks headed into the new season. With how well Jalen Collins played in place of Desmond Truffant he could force the Falcons to explore trading the star corner with Robert Alford holding down the other side of the field. Whichever direction they choose the 2017 off-season should be a busy one for the Falcons.