Don't let the title deter you as "oh another pessimistic rant," but it is a general observation with years of falcons watching experience.
After the this past Monday's game, I wondered if the falcons management were left behind in the evolution of NFL offenses and defenses. As we all know passing teams will thrive in the NFL for years to come with the new rules, but as constructed the falcons are still more of a running team with good WRs and a defense built to keep everything in front of them rather than force a lot of turnovers or sacks.From 2008 to 2010 we drafted defense mainly and addressed offense sparingly. Then you know what happened in 2011...almost as if the panic button was pressed to address the lack of scoring, but really and truly the schematics of our offense seem a bit old fashioned with the defense not too far behind. The direction of the franchise appears to have swung with the flow of the prolific pass happy offenses of today in more of a transition.
Since Michael Turner is still getting the lions share of carries, we are still a team that goes as far as MT (and the line) takes us. That's why personally I thought moving away from the run game so early was a mistake in the Saints game.....unless they (the falcons) are conceding the fact that the line cannot run block well anymore. I digress, I've often heard that stability on the offensive line is crucial to offensive success (and we all know about the line's stability this year). Also, the best blocking fullback in football is on IR, who could be considered as much a part of the line as the RG and LT.
What do you all think? Are we trying to play catch up with the elite of the league?