Atlanta (13-3, 1-1 postseason) had arguably its second-best season in franchise history, falling just yards short of its second Super Bowl appearance. Head coach Mike Smith has earned a 57-28 record, but he and his quarterback Matt Ryan are just 1-4 in the postseason.
Had Smith and company lost in the Divisional Round to the Seattle Seahawks, (another contest that saw an early big lead for the Falcons vanish) Atlanta owner Arthur Blank would have been pressured to call for changes in upper-management. Thanks to the victory, however, the Falcons continued to display progress and continuity.
For the ring-less franchise, there's no doubt the future is very bright with the current regime in place, but changes must be made for the Falcons to take the next step to becoming a perennial Super Bowl contender.
Here are seven personnel questions the Falcons must answer this offseason.