The Falcons have had success due to Arthur Blank's ability to retain guys such as Harry Douglas.
For those not in the know, I just invented a new timescale for the Falcons: BM and AM. BM stands for "Before Matty" and AM stands for "In the year of our Lord"........actually, no, that's the wrong scale. It should stand for "After Matty".
This has officially replaced "Before Bart" and "After Bart" as some citizens were getting confused as to what the Falcons had to do with the Simpsons.
But in all seriousness, it seems that 2008 has become the year of reference for the Falcons and rightfully so, the regime change occurred and whatnot. Pat points out that the Falcons have the second best retention rate in the NFL, second only to the Vikings.
We are the only NFC team to have four straight winning seasons, and a lot of that is due to the talent that has been drafted since 2008. I couldn't correlate retention to success, since the Vikings haven't had any recently, but Houston's was pretty high and they have had some success as of late, so it is possible that continuity is a good thing in the NFL.
Just a little tidbit of information for your evening. Any thoughts are welcome.