The 2018 NFL season is over and with it yet another disappointing season for the Atlanta Falcons. A roster with plenty of talent failed to make the playoffs and now must find a way to bounce back in 2019.
Looking at the Atlanta Falcons on paper it becomes immediately obvious they don’t lack the talent to be a playoff contender. They have their franchise quarterback and are deep at all skills positions.
The offensive line was a problem in 2018, one the Falcons will likely address quickly this off-season.
After addressing the offensive line there shouldn’t be any question the Falcons should be Super Bowl contenders in 2019.
They have a deep offensive roster with enough talent to keep them in any game, and a young defense looking to rebound.
For the Falcons the question isn’t going to be if they have enough talent to make the Super Bowl? Rather it will be can they improve at managing games late well enough to win games against good teams?
Last season was terrible in the fact Atlanta could have easily made the playoffs with better late game management. The Saints, Bengals, Eagles, and Cowboys were the difference in their season all late-game failures.
All four were games the Falcons could have easily won but instead choked away or failed to make a play when they needed it most. Atlanta must find a way to put the 28-3 Super Bowl debacle behind them and that starts with learning to win close games again.
If the Falcons can do this in 2019 they should not only be Super Bowl contenders but among the favorites. Late game management is as much on the coaching as the player’s execution.
The coaching staff must improve and show they are capable of winning games with a very talented roster. If not it may be time to go in a different direction for the Falcons.