I was discussing Tony Gonzalez's return with a co-worker this past week. In the midst of that conversation, it occurred to me: Dirk Koetter will need to manage a potentially delicate situation if we draft a tight end in the early rounds.
Don't get me wrong, I couldn't be happier with Gonzo coming back for one last shot at the Lombardi. He undoubtedly deserves it. Assuming we draft a tight end, that player may be very content taking a back seat to the greatest ever. Heck, he should be perfectly happy with that scenario, and I'd imagine the Falcons will do some vetting along those lines. But it's not just about that player. It's about development.
Quarterbacks can afford to ride the bench for a year or several years. They need to learn the playbook; they need to evolve mentally. To some extent, the same is true about all other position players. But there's a fine line between learning on the bench and hindering your development. You can be sure the Falcons will want to get their tight end of the future involved as soon as it's practical.
How does Dirk Koetter make it work? Well, in my mind, there's a few possibilities. The Falcons could take a Patriotsesque approach and implement several two tight end sets. In the alternative, they could bring the new guy along slowly at first, then roll with a ridiculous rotation towards the tail end of the season. If all else fails, they could just make Gonzo and the new guy jello wrestle to the death.
Your thoughts, suggestions, or politically incorrect haikus?