The season certainly didn’t go the way any of us would expect, so in one sense we’re glad to see it go. On the other, obvious hand, we’re now without Falcons football until next September. Maybe that’s a good thing?
Lots of Falcons news over the last few days, so dive in to Monday’s Falcoholinks for the latest headlines and notes from yesterday’s game.
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It was another nail-biting come-from-behind victory on the road. The Falcons finished their season riding a four-game winning streak after taking down the Bucs in overtime via walkoff pick-six from Deion Jones. This game didn’t have any playoff implications, but it did include a 35-yard touchdown pass to offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo.
It was a slipshod performance on the offensive side of the ball, one that the Falcons certainly did not need right on the heels of the organizational announcements they made on Friday morning (more on those, below).
Due to a remarkable second half turnaround, the Falcons finish their season 7-9 and in second place in the NFC South.
Kendall Sheffield injured
Rookie cornerback Kendall Sheffield is having a standout season, and unfortunately he would leave Sunday’s game late in the second quarter after being rolled up on by Ricardo Allen. Sheffield was down for a bit but was able to walk off the field under his own power.
A whirlwind of organizational news
You’re aware of the Friday afternoon news dump. Well, how about the Friday-morning-in-between-Christmas-and-New-Years news dump? That’s what we got from the Atlanta Falcons.
There’s to be no more prognosticating regarding top coaching changes next year, as Arthur Blank announced that both Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff would return in their respective roles in 2020. One new organizational wrinkle involves a new layer between Blank and Dimitroff & Quinn: Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay.
On the on-field side of things, Atlanta also announced that Raheem Morris will assume the role of defensive coordinator next year, with Dirk Koetter likely returning as the Falcons’ OC.
Continuity seems to form the nucleus of the rationale with these moves. But that begs the immediate question: What are the Falcons even continuing?
Some cap space breathing room
Thomas Dimitroff wasted no time after Friday morning’s announcement, making a couple of keen moves to free up some much needed cap space for 2020. The Falcons restructured Matt Ryan and Grady Jarrett’s salaries for next season, clearing about $12 million in cap.