There won't be any new eggs hatching at the team's practice facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., anytime soon. The Atlanta Falcons have appeared cool, calm, and collected.
The only addition made to the team was Mike Peterson, a 32-year-old vet who is known to bring energy to the defense—he even gets in trouble for doing so. He isn't a young Sean Jones, or a troublesome Pacman Jones. He is a leader, and a productive one at that.
While many will grunt and groan about the lack of movement in free agency, let us first consider what exactly the Falcons are about. The Falcons aren't flashy. If this were high school, they would most likely represent the goofy-looking guy with freckles, frisky hair, and Coke-bottle glasses. While everyone finds some new intriguing facet to gaze upon, he sits...developing his master plan. What exactly does this master plan include? Only a foundation for the future.
Flying low on the radar of an already exceptional draft class is Chevis Jackson. He has a knack for being around the ball often and making plays. He may not be the fastest guy, but you can be sure he knows where the ball is.
Also, consider second-year player Thomas DeCoud as a potential starting safety for the '09 season. He was a force to be reckoned with on special teams. Imagine his ability once he's on the field for 16 games.
Steven Nicholas will most likely see a larger role on the team as well.
Once you factor in the new guys, it's kind of difficult to see why some make the lack of activity in free agency a big deal, isn't it? The Falcons do need a tight end but that may be addressed in the draft.
They could have gotten L.J. Smith at a relatively low price but decided to pass. Maybe they saw a future draft prospect with potential. General manager Thomas Dimitroff has a knack for doing things like that, doesn't he? I mean, you don't work for the Patriots for five or more years and not learn anything do you?
Sure there are many needs and many holes to be filled. Every NFL team has them. But could it be, that the answers to many questionable holes are already filled?
It's easy to pick on the goofy guy with freckles, frisky hair, and Coke-bottle glasses when everyone else appears to be having fun.
But don't we see teams do this every year? Teams like...the Oakland Raiders ring a bell?
The fact is, the Falcons are doing what they do best...wait. Through the draft they will fill positions of need and prepare their guys for an intense 2009 season. The Falcons aren't building a team that will just win now, they want to win in the future.
So while everyone laughs at the goofy guy with the freckles and weird hair, I won't. Because one day, he'll reveal his master plan.
And while there may not be new eggs in the nest, we can be sure that somewhere, the ones already in existence are hatching. And when they hatch, no one will be laughing, but the goofy kid with glasses and frisky hair.