Falcons Owner Discusses Team’s Offseason

Earlier this week, veteran NFL reporter Peter King wrote in his “Football Morning in America” column that Falcons owner Arthur Blank “is getting restless.” However, in a statement to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Blank said that wasn’t the case, as the owner was happy with the organization’s offseason.

“I’m feeling very good about what (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and (coach) Dan (Quinn) have done this offseason,” Blank said. “We have some key guys getting healthy again, the draft picks are getting up to speed, the new coordinators are meshing well and I’m confident we’re going to be ready to go for a very competitive training camp. I like where we’re going.”

The Falcons have been especially focused on improving their offensive line this offseason. The front office used a pair of first-rounders to select linemen Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary, and they also added projected starter James Carpenter via free agency. The team’s other notable offseason moves include signing defensive linemen Adrian Clayborn and Tyeler Davison, and they also added backup tight end Luke Stocker. The Falcons even reshaped their coaching staff, hiring Dirk Koetter as their offensive coordinator and Ben Kotwica as their special teams coordinator.

However, it isn’t unfair to wonder if the Falcons are floundering. As King noted in his article, the team is 18-17 over their past 35 games (a string that starts with their devastating Super Bowl loss to the Patriots). Furthermore, the team is set to pay quarterback Matt Ryan $30MM over the next half-decade, and they’ll presumably be paying wideout Julio Jones a lucrative contract, as well.

The Falcons have head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff under contract through 2022. Their deals would indicate that their fates are tied together, but Blank previously said the duo isn’t necessarily linked if the 2019 season goes poorly.

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4 comments on “Falcons Owner Discusses Team’s Offseason

  1. ffjsisk

    The Falcons blew games to the Eagles, Bengals, and Saints and forgot to show up against the Ravens and Browns. Should’ve finished 10-6 at least. The injuries killed them. Having said that, they did nothing to upgrade the secondary this offseason. Oliver did nothing to show me he can start. Kazee should be fine at nickel but losing Alford and Poole will hurt. Hopefully they add a vet before training camp.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    The team has not aged well and it’s hard to imagine how an OL rebuild at this point in Ryan’s career will benefit him. Even if Jones is healthy you can’t have a single WR trying to carry the entire load. If they played in the cupcake NFC East they would be fine but the division they compete in is much tougher.

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