I thought it would be fun to take a look at a few individual Falcon records that are within the reach of some of the team's current players in 2012. It's pretty self-explanatory, so I won't spend a lot of time on preamble, except to say that it's truly impressive how many current Falcons could tie, break or even shatter records within the next few seasons.
It's been a hell of an era.
Here's a short list of some of the more interesting records for the year ahead.
- Game winning drives by a Falcons quarterback. In a decade, Steve Bartkowski led the Falcons to 21. In four seasons, Matt Ryan has led them to 15. It's not likely, but it is possible that he could tie or break that record in 2012.
- If the team is out of its mind, Michael Turner could potentially carry the ball 398 times and break the franchise record for carries. This is unlikely, but frightens me nonetheless. Just 1,351 yards to the all-time yardage record, too, which means Turner could own every significant rushing record in Atlanta in a year or two if everything breaks right.
- If Turner keeps up his breakneck scoring pace and can manage double digits in 2012, he'll move into fifth place on the team's all-time scoring list.
Roddy White needs just 44 receptions to break Terance Mathis's receptions record of 573. He's likely to blow by it by the middle of the season.
- Speaking of White, he needs 13 touchdowns to pass Mathis on the all-time list. That's unlikely to happen this season with Julio Jones in town, but by 2013 or 2014 it's probable.
- A half a sack will give John Abraham sole possession of the franchise record for sacks. Three forced fumbles would make him the all-time leader in that category.
- A crazy Kroy Biermann interception returned for a touchdown would give him three, which would tie him for the franchise record.
- Unless he falls off the face of the earth this year, Matt Bryant should go down as the team's record holder for field goal accuracy. He currently sits at 88.6%, ahead of Morten Andersen.
- Bonus, because I didn't realize this had already happened. Did you know Brent Grimes is the all-time leader in deflected passes? Whether that's true or not given the paucity of concrete stats in that department going back 30 years or so is up for debate, but he has 56. That's crazy.