The Atlanta Falcons had one of their most productive offseasons in years this year. The 10 best moves all ascribe to a philosophy of getting bigger, stronger and tougher on the lines while adding explosion at skill positions and on special teams.
New assistant general manager Scott Pioli came in to help current general manager Thomas Dimitroff assess where the real issues were. It started with some minor coaching changes along the offensive line and the defensive front seven focusing on instilling a gritty mentality.
It continued when the Falcons got rid of the non-performers and end-stage veterans who were overpaid for their production. They also signed quite a few veterans and retained their key cogs across the roster. As a cherry on top, they had what looks to be one of the best drafts they’ve had in years.
The combination of the draft and free agency bulked the Falcons up where they needed it most—the offensive and defensive line. The same lines that looked a bit out of sorts after six years of team-building. Hopefully, year seven proves to be the most productive of them all.