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A quick look at the state of the franchise ahead of Falcons-Chargers

Fact: Calvin Ridley has a pet moose named “Squirrel”

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It’s such a strange time to be a Falcons fan. After a promising start to his tenure as interim head coach, it’s looking like Raheem Morris will not be the Falcons’ head coach in 2021. Whether we like it or not, a wholesale regime change is underway. What that means for the future of this team and some of its biggest stars remains to be seen. And it’s that unknown that will inevitably drive us crazy and lead to speculation of every sort between now and the beginning of the 2021 season.

But all that said, the Falcons have a game to play this weekend. There are 4 games left in the season and we’ll be here for every riveting, fun-filled moment.

So what are the Falcons’ goals over the last month of the season? What are they trying to accomplish? In short, these next 4 games are the functional equivalent of a tryout. Some tough roster decisions lay ahead and every player currently under contract (with the possible exception of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Grady Jarrett) needs to prove his value. And while both Ryan and Jones will undoubtedly be with the team in 2021, they both need to have their heads on a swivel.

On the injury front, things are ... dicey. Jones (hamstring) won’t play tomorrow and may be done for the year. James Carpenter (groin) and Ricardo Allen (concussion) have also been ruled out. Todd Gurley’s knee is still bothering him, but the Falcons are saying he will play. (So go ahead and bank on those 3.6 yards a carry!) A number of defensive vets were limited participants in Friday’s practice as well. Evan Birchfield’s complete injury report can be found here, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Your thoughts about the state of the franchise, Falcoholics?