New era in Atlanta Falcons football

By: Colton Towe

The Falcons were established in 1966 by Rankin M. Smith in Atlanta.

The Falcons have only been to one super bowl (1998), in which they were defeated by the Denver Broncos, led by John Elway.

Atlanta hasn’t made it back to the Super Bowl and it has only been to the NFC Championship game twice since they defeated Minnesota in 1998.

Dan Quinn is in his second year as the coach of the Falcons. Quinn was a defensive coordinator at Seattle for a few years , he was in charge of the defense for the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks in 2014.

Arthur Blank and Thomas Dimitroff know what they’re doing by bringing in a winning defensive minded coach to a team that is in need of a defensive minded genius. This team and fanbase  in Atlanta is eager for their first Super Bowl title and a young coach that knows how to win that might just be the right combination for a ring.

Blank and his staff has drafted six athletes that they see fit for this organization in the future, also they signed a couple of free agents that filled the holes on the offensive and defensive side of the ball including Alex Mack (center), Mohamed Sanu (wide receiver ), Courtney Upshaw ( outside linebacker ) and many more important pieces to this championship puzzle. Atlanta is finally starting to piece together a championship-caliber team with Matt Ryan at quarterback (fans call starting quarterback Matt Ryan “Matty Ice” because he has ice in his veins during crunch time), Devonta Freeman, who had a great rookie season at running back and Julio Jones, who the best wide receiver in the game.

Quinn is making interesting moves in this year’s free agency campaign by not signing former Georgia alumni Brandon Boykin or veteran Super Bowl champion Dwight Freeney . Atlanta is in need of a secondary and a pass rush to attack the quarterback.

In the 2015 draft the falcons selected Vic Beasley (defensive end) 8th overall and Keanu Neal ( safety) was drafted 17th overall in the 2016 draft.

Dave Choate from The Falcoholic said, “They’ve brought in the likes of Dwight Freeney and Brandon Boykin for visits, but there haven’t been any signings, and the teen still has Jalen Collins out for four games and not a lot of obvious, high-ending pass rushing options on the roster”.

Quinn might just have some tricks up his sleeve that us and maybe even his peers might not know about.

Blank will want consistency and results from the falcons. Since the Falcons will be playing in a new stadium ( Mercedes-Benz stadium) in 2017 that will be the new home of your hometown Atlanta Falcons for many years to come. Quinn and his young Atlanta Falcons team are looking forward to a couple of championships for this organization.