Peyton Posted October 15, 2010 Share Posted October 15, 2010 This would have sounded like an incredibly foolish comment to make last year, but it is apparent now: The defense is set up for long term success and the great majority of the question marks left on this team for the future are on offense. I mean look at the defenseSS - Moore - The guy is finally healthy and looks like a guy that is going to be there a long time.FS - DeCoud - The guy has a few detractors but he is a quality young player that is holding his own and still getting betterCB - Robinson & Grimes - one big physical corner and one great cover corner that compliment each other well. Both look locked in for a long time.Even at the nickel the Falcons appear set for years with Chris Owens.At defensive tackle, the Falcons have one of the best in the league in the prime of his career and 2 very promising young players, as well as the converted JA, who is playing very well in his new role. And Vance Walker isn't a slouch either.At LB, Weatherspoon is already a stud and Lofton will be the heart of the defense for the next decade.At DE, Bierman looks like a guy that will hold down one spot for years and Abe still has a motor.Really, when I look at this defense, I see it as set at 9 out of 11 positions for years to come, and that is absolutely incredible. The only two question marks on this defense for the future are:Where is our next stud pass rushing DE going to come from to replace Abe?Is Stephen Nicholas the answer to replace Mike Peterson, as he will certainly need to be replaced after this year.That is an incredibly short list of questions.On offense, there are a lot more question marks.Just on the line alone, almost every singe position is a question.Will the Falcons be able to or want to resign Dahl and/or Clabo?Is Baker going to hold up at LT?How much longer does McClure have left and is Hawley going to be the answer?Then you go around to the skill positions and you get a lot more questions:How much longer is Tony G going to play?How much more mileage does Turner have with his bruising style?Will the Falcons ever find a number 2 WR to appropriately copliment Roddy White?So.....kind of interesting. I think at the end of 2008, us fans thought the offense was going to carry this team for the forseeable future. To me, just the opposite appears to be true. And you know what, I bet that is the way that TD and Mike Smith likes it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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