Despite the Atlanta Falcons woeful start to the 2013 season, we've resisted the urge to publish any offseason-themed pieces in the interest of focusing our Falcons coverage on what's happening with the team right now.
However, now that the team is 2-6 at the season's midway point, we decided to step away from our usual game-week coverage for a moment and give you the opportunity to vent some of your frustration with this team.
Consider this to be a mid-season assessment of where Atlanta's roster is. Rather than offering grades, we will look at each position on this team and discuss which players should be retained following this season and which players should be let go based on their performance through the first eight games, their contract status and their projected role on the team moving forward.
For each position, we'll list the team's current players (including practice squad and injured reserve players) and any pending free agents before offering our recommendations regarding who should stay and who should go based on the criteria set forth above.
In addition to the players, we'll also discuss the status of the Falcons' coaching staff and that of Falcons' general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Once you've read our take, it'll be your turn to share your thoughts in the comments section.
We'll start our assessment at the quarterback position.
ALL STATS ARE VIA ESPN.COM, ALL HISTORICAL REFERENCES ARE VIA PROFOOTBALLREFERENCE.COM AND ALL CONTRACT INFORMATION IS VIA SPOTRAC.COM. ALL PRACTICE SQUAD AND INJURED RESERVE INFORMATION IS VIA ATLANTAFALCONS.COM. UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE, ANY 2014 FREE AGENTS MENTIONED IN THIS PIECE WILL BE UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS AFTER THIS SEASON.