Buck called me "Dark Cloud", I prefer to call it an unbiased approach. Last summer when folks were teling you that the Falcons were just ten yards away from a Super Bowl, I told you that they had holes to fill. So proceed with caution!
So lets be realistic this off-season, can't we? How many players are the Falcons away from contending for a Super Bowl? Wednesday Buck told me they were 5 players away. I shook my head despite my partners football IQ. I can't fathom 5 players changing the fortunes of the Falcons. Here is why...
The Falcons have to replace a starting safety, a starting TE and potentially their best defensive player in Babineaux. That is 3 right there. Babs may return, but is that really what you want to do with a guy who will be 33? The best NFL organizations don't usually operate like that. You need a defensive end and another defensive tackle. That accounts for 5.
Then do you really want to trust a 31 year old running back? You need a younger version. You want a new offensive tackle? Of course you do! We already are at 7 without even adding an impact linebacker!
The Falcons will be able to make strides in 2014. Can they stride back into Super Bowl contention? My thought is ONLY if they hit the lottery. The Falcons will not say the word rebuilding. I think they should.