People I am starting to get sick of all of this talk that the Falcons are changing there offense significantly. Sorry to burst your Ryan is the next Manning bubble, but this is how it is. The Atlanta Falcons are going to continue the emphasis on running the ball.
I have heard all of the arguments that claim the Falcons are changing their playbook for Matt Ryan and making plays for Tony Gonzalez. Yes there is truth to those claims, but the Falcons priorities will stay the same.
And there should be no surprise to this. The offensive coordinator is Mike Mularkey famous for his run first philosophy which is in fact one of the main reasons Mike Smith wanted him on the staff. Mularkey is known for his love of pounding the rock to set up the passing game. So do not expect that philosophy to change.
Now do not miss understand there will be more passing plays for Matt Ryan, well possibly. There is no guarantee that they will force Ryan to pass more. In fact Ryan might end up passing less this season, because his percentage will most likely increase which will result in the need for less passes. Then there is the fact that Gonzalez will force teams to abandon the eight man fronts that defenses threw at Turner last season.
What all of this means is that the Falcons will do the same thing they did last season except with more success. They have the missing piece to their offense and the young quarterback has another year under his belt, but no matter how much talk there is about MR and TG Michael Turner is still the main focus of the offense. After all why risk passing the ball when you can run the ball.