gazoo Posted May 23, 2019 Share Posted May 23, 2019 A contender is defined as a group competing with others for something. Going by the dictionary definition of contender, which is what I’m doing, of course we are contenders for a Super Bowl run in 2019. Of course we have the talent on this team to compete with any other NFL team. Our team is stacked with talent folks. Before the draft SI had us rated the 3rd most talented team in the NFL. We have all the critical pieces necessary to win a championship this year and just added a bunch of youth, talent, depth, nastiness, power and mass to our OL. I’m not predicting we will win the Super Bowl, I’m saying this roster has the talent to win one. A lot has to go right moving forward throughout the season to get there, and there are plenty of other teams that have the talent to win one at this point. We have one of the best QBs in the NFL if not THE best at this point. Brees and Brady are dropping in ability (I submit Brady has been in decline a while but the structure around him, including a brilliant head coach designing game plans, helps masks it) Keep in mind the Patriots had the NFLs #1 rated defense in points allowed when Ryan faced Brady in Super Bowl. Brady faced the NFLs #25th ranked Atlanta defense. You switch those defenses and Ryan destroys Brady in Super Bowl. We added the kind of experienced NFL coaching we desperately needed to improve our running game, drafted a big power running back to the mix, and brought back a known success with Ryan for our passing game in Dirk Keotter. I expect our offense to not just be one of the best in the NFL, I expect it to be able to impose its will on teams any way it wants, including running the ball down a defenses throat even when they know it’s coming. Goal line, short yardage, running down the clock late in game. The OL changes are a really big deal that many of us have been pointing to for years as our Achilles heel. Our fans seem to to think our problem going into 2019 is our defense. First off, keep in mind this team is built to be an offensive juggernaut, so if you are the type of fan who expects this team to be #1 if offense and #1 in defense or else we but I believe they’ve ignored the progression of the 2017 defensive play where young players were all starting to gel, and instead allowed the shellacking we took last year on defense DUE TO INJURIES to skew their current assessment on it. We have a ton of talent on defense. Grady Jarret is one of the best young DTs in the league, Jack Crawford a very good rotational piece on passing downs. Trufant is still one of the better#1 CBs in NFL. Deion Jones May be the best MLB in the NFL right now. Keanu Neal is Uber talented, and we have a lot of young highly talented guys coming back like Kazee, Senat, , Foye, Oliver , etc. We signed Clayborn, Hageman and Davison which are all improvements over last years rotational guys. You are worried about sacks? Takk, Beasley, Clayborn, Crawford, Hageman should be fine on passing downs. Only one team had less sacks than the Super Bowl winner Patriots last year. They had 30 regular season sacks. In 2016, the Patriots won the Super Bowl with their defense getting 34 regular season sacks. The Falcons had 37 sacks last year and I expect that number to increase in 2019. So I’m not worried about sacks. Do some things have to go our way for us to actually get to the Super Bowl? Absolutely, same with every other team. A lot has to go right for any team to beat out 31 others. We need our young guys to step up, Oliver is a big piece of it. I’d say our secondary is my biggest area of concern at this point, everything else looks solid to me. Spin Prevention: This analysis is based on the reality of a salary cap. Of course I would like to sign a couple of dominant veteran DL this offseason, many positions could be upgraded, just like every other team. But we have limited resources, and I am of the view fixing a broken offensive line was a quicker way to the Super Bowl than spending those same recourses on the DL this year. We DID improve our DL, just not with all pros and 1st rounders. I think our DL rotation will be very good this year. PokerSteve and FalconsIn2012 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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