By John Fricke

If you bought a ticket on the bandwagon early last season (and I know some of you who did, you were still noticeable in November when you were limping ’round town with your busted up ankles) then I can offer you a slight discount. Others pay full price, but that cost is gonna go up fast.

Why?

The Falcons might be on a straight-line path to Super Bowl 51 (pardon me we are back to silly Roman numerals) Super Bowl LI.

Here are 5 reasons the Falcons can (and just darn might) win the Super Bowl in February 2017.

5. Matt Ryan. Ok STOP!

No, seriously STOP!

No I mean it!

Yes, you hate him. You can’t stand ‘noodle arm, happy feet, gun shy, bad decision makin’, overpaid’ Matt Ryan. But (yep, warning… big ‘ol BUT ahead) BUT given the right resources he was ‘Matty Ice’ and he did not forget how to play football. We might never know what kind of banged up he was last season or how long it did take the new offense to work itself into being natural. Still he is a solid NFL QB. He is! compared to who? the rest of the league? he’s top-10.. that not good enough? It’s also not good enough for him. Side bet that Ryan has a pro bowl caliber season in 2016. I know you’ll take that wager and I know you’ll be happy to pay it to me when it comes due.

4. The New Guys. The changes to the scouting and personnel structure were done for multiple reasons, not the least of which is to get experts who can pick the exact free agents and identify the exact rookies who fit what the club wants to do in all phases of the game. They will be chosen for a team that will be built around a swarm-the-ball defense and a pound-and-keep-the-ball offense. There’s an old football saying… “Run the ball, Stop the run, Win the game” and it’s still true today. The Falcons are finally being worked into a franchise with an identity… one that will look like old-school Steelers. Which, unless you hate busting other teams in the mouth and winning games, will be something we can look forward to.

3. The Old Guys. Hard to call 2nd and 3rd-year players ‘old’ but the veteran core of this club is actually pretty darn good. The Falcons are in more than capable hands at many positions (QB, RB, FB, LT, WR, DE, CB, P) – that’s a darn solid base. There are stars and game-changers in that group. What the club has lacked is depth and quality at other spots that put too much pressure on the stars to always be near perfect. The lines are (FINALLY!) close to being up to par of a playoff team and the edge players already are at that level. This team is built to win right now.

  • Freeman was not a one-year wonder, he is a PB caliber back (and btw Coleman is pretty darn good too).
  • Matthews is set to become a decade-long entrenched tackle and he’s pushed other tackles to elevate their games.
  • Trufant is one of the top-5 cover corners in the game today.
  • DiMarco one of the top-2 fullbacks.
  • I firmly believe Beasley will make a huge jump as will Jarrett (who’s nearly there anyway)
  • And Jones? Well… anyone still mad about trading five nothings for possibly the greatest offensive player in franchise history?

2. Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Look the place is gonna be stunning. As is world class. As in the kind of joint other players are going to come to and say “ok, wow *heads spins around* yeah, ok, I could do this”. Yep. Classy franchise, classy town, classy stadium. The Falcons are big time in a lot of ways. When I say ‘ big time’ I mean MAJOR market BIG. Atlanta is a world destination, and all we needed was the true palace to lure the Super Bowls, World Cup, Final 4’s and CFB title games. It also helps in free agency, don’t kid yourself.

Yep. Classy franchise, classy town, classy stadium. The Falcons are big time in a lot of ways. When I say ‘ big time’ I mean MAJOR market BIG. Atlanta is a world destination, and all we needed was the true palace to lure the Super Bowls, World Cup, Final 4’s and CFB title games. It also helps in free agency, don’t kid yourself.

The Falcons are big time in a lot of ways. When I say ‘ big time’ I mean MAJOR market BIG. Atlanta is a world destination, and all we needed was the true palace to lure the Super Bowls, World Cup, Final 4’s and CFB title games. It also helps in free agency, don’t kid yourself.

1. Dan Quinn. Coach Quinn did not come here to watch someone else’s QB do the dab, or to get a whiff of stinky town once every fall. He came here with the express purpose of building a long term contender by instituting immediate change to a franchise that has the potential to be a power in its division and conference. Don’t let Quinn’s low-key demeanor fool you, the guy is flat driven to shape these Falcons into big winner’s and to do so immediately.

Even before this 2016 NFL Draft, I can safely say this is a team with the potential to win 10+ and claim the NFC South title. These days winning a Super Bowl can mean just making the playoffs and getting hot.

I really like where the club is and where it is headed and I firmly believe they were better than 8-8 last season and they are notch or two better than that club right now.

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