Whether this season is a success or not hinges on many factors and your perspective, but I thought it would useful to discuss what the baseline is for the fanbase. Do we consider a 9-7 season a success, or does it need to be a little more robust in terms of wins? Do the Falcons need to win the NFC South or just earn a wild card? Heck, would some of us be happy if the Falcons simply didn't embarrass themselves this year?
For me, it's a winning season. This team has the talent to make a playoff push and perhaps even make noise in the postseason, but expecting a team with a brand new head coach and some major roster holes still remaining to land a Super Bowl berth is probably a little much. A winning season with some real progress from the team, particularly the younger players, would set Atlanta up for long-term success and a chance to really make a splash in 2016 and beyond. That's what I hope for, and that's what I'll at least half-expect.
How about you?