It has basically been said by Thomas Dimitroff, general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, that they will not be pursuing defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. This may appear to be bad news, but this can in fact be the best news all year.
Dimitroff has made it clear that he and head coach Mike Smith will not break away from the "process." For those of you who do not know, the "process" is the way that Dimitroff and Smith agreed to build the Falcons. The basic concept of it is that the Falcons will build through the NFL Draft and mid-level free agents.
They showed that this can work last season. Their draft was pretty impressive. Almost all of the rookies contributed in some way. They found a franchise quarterback in Matt Ryan, a starting left tackle in Sam Baker, a consistent slot receiver in Harry Douglas, and a cornerstone for the defense in middle linebacker Curtis Loftin.
They did, however, break the bank on free agent running back Michael Turner. This did heavily pay off for the Falcons because Turner had the best season of his career and carried the load on offense which helped Ryan develop. They said they will not go after another high-profile player unless they are 100 percent sure of the move.
So now that you know what the "process" is, let me explain why them not going after Haynesworth is a good thing. By the Falcons not pursuing Haynesworth they are showing that they are not getting full of themselves and the team. They know that the team is building for the long term, not the short term. They basically proved that they are not shying away from what worked.
I am proud to say, Falcon fans, that this one decision can show us that the Falcons could actually be building a franchise, not a season.