Grueling Truth

● By Samuel Teets
This coming season marks the beginning of Arthur Smith’s reign in Atlanta. The former offensive coordinator inherits a team with some elite talent but little depth. Despite boasting several current and former All-Pros, the Falcons haven’t made the playoffs in three years. A quality draft class could turn things around for Smith’s team. Atlanta possesses the fourth overall pick in 2021, which is a blessing and a curse. With the three teams above them destined to take quarterbacks, the Falcons have their choice of the best players at all other positions. They could also trade back and accumulate more assets. However, Matt Ryan is almost 36 years old and has one campaign with a passer rating over 100 in the past four seasons.
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