The Atlanta Falcons are heading into the off-season with limited cap space and a myriad of positions they need to address. Finding their priority is difficult. For diehard Falcon’s fans, however, their most important move is apparent.
It is time for the Atlanta Falcons to move on from Devonta Freeman and continue to focus on improving their offensive line. Admittedly these are two separate moves but they work together with a single purpose.
Matt Ryan is aging, like it or not very few quarterbacks age, as well as Tom Brady or Drew Brees and Ryan, is likely well over the halfway mark of his career. Ryan has often taken a beating behind a terrible offensive line while trying to keep a terrible defense off of the field.
It is time for Atlanta to realize where they are and make the moves needed to protect Matt Ryan. The offensive line has improved but the Falcons cannot get content. If they provide Ryan with a decent offensive line this offense will keep the team in games.
Along with that comes the fact that Ryan has little to no help coming from the running game. As much as many may not like it the move for the Falcons is beyond obvious. Devonta Freeman simply isn’t THAT guy anymore.
It is time for the team to cut bait and move to a system that gives at least a threat of a running game.
Even if Atlanta opts to go with a running back committee as we have seen work in New Orleans or in San Francisco it would make them more of a threat than when they predictably hand the ball to Freeman for one of his one or two yard runs.
This isn’t to belittle what Freeman has meant to the Falcons during his career, only to point out if Atlanta wants to win they cannot continue to live in the past. It is time for Atlanta to realize Ryan is nearing the twilight of his career, putting an offensive line and a running game around him should be their priority. If it isn’t, it is going to be yet another long losing season next year in Atlanta.