The Atlanta Falcons finished 7-9 in 2018 after two seasons of being Super Bowl contenders. Now Atlanta must find a way to bounce back and return to the contenders they were before last season.
A lot of factors could explain why the Atlanta Falcons struggled so much last season. The biggest factor was constant injuries to the defense contributing to their inability to stop any opposing offenses.
The second was a combination of a porous offensive line and inconsistent play calling. Devonta Freeman dealing with injury for the majority of the season certainly didn’t help matters either.
The point being, the Falcons had a lot of bad luck last season that contributed to their huge step back. You could also point to the back-to-back heart breaking playoff losses as reasons the team struggled.
Now, however, Atlanta is going into the season healthy and must bounce back to prove they are headed in the right direction. While I fully believe in Coach Dan Quinn we would be remiss not to point out he has to be on the hot seat.
When you have the talent the Falcon’s roster boasts expectations are going to be high. Quinn must prove he can lead this team back to relevance and handle late game situations. If he can’t it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Atlanta to go in a different direction.
Wasting another season of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones isn’t an option as both players are starting to age. With their window to win in the playoffs closing this is the year Atlanta must prove Dan Quinn is the leader they need and they can return to relevance.
The biggest factors for Atlanta will be if the defense can bounce back and if Devonta Freeman stays healthy. With Tevin Coleman now gone from Atlanta the Falcons will be counting on solely Freeman.
Atlanta has the roster and the leadership to bounce back this season. Enough talent to return to the Super Bowl and wipe away the disappointment of 2018.