2009 was a tough year for the Atlanta Falcons with various injuries hitting crucial parts of the team such as Matt Ryan and Michael Turner but this year looks very promising especially with the addition of Dunta Robinson from the Houston Texans. He is the playmaking force on defense that the Falcons need to compete with the likes of NFC South rivals, the New Orleans Saints.
Atlanta already did something that they have never done in the franchise history that is post back to back winning seasons and they did this without their starting RB. The team is young and hungry to prove doubters wrong and veteran players are excited about about being about of this team. Look at the aquisitions Dimitroff has made since becoming GM, Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez, and now Dunta Robinson while also looking for talent in the draft. Even though Peria Jerry went down early last season, he is a force to be reckoned with and hopefully this year if everything goes according to plan, Sean Witherspoon for Missouri should be dawning a Falcons jersey in September. He has openly said he wants to play for Atlanta and he is another playmaking type that would help create a new image for a defense that has been mocked and criticized a long time (thanks to the likes of Chris Houston but don't get me started on that one). Even though Atlanta is in the division with the reigning Super Bowl champs, there is no reason why they can't make a run into the playoffs. The league is changing and the teams that were dominant earlier in the decade are started to fade away with age while newer, younger teams are coming to the forefront. 2010 will be a year of change, but it will be a change for the better.