5 Free Agents the Atlanta Falcons Could Still Add
In the first 43 years in the Atlanta Falcons' existence, the organization only sniffed the playoffs a total of eight times. Between 1965 when they joined the NFL as an expansion team to 2004 when they were led to the playoffs by then first-year head coach, Jim Mora and the Michael Vick Experience, the Falcons were a model of inconsistency.
Nevertheless, over the last five years, the Falcons have found themselves in uncharted waters having made the playoffs four times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) during that period. With GM Thomas Dimitroff constructing a quality squad and head coach Mike Smith leading the charge with franchise quarterback Matt Ryan at the helm, the Falcons have been one of the best teams in the NFC amassing a total of 57 wins over a five year period as well as a .833 winning percentage at home.
All of those numbers would lead one to believe that the Falcons are indeed one of the elite football teams in the league, and with a 13-3 record with home field advantage in the NFC playoffs last season, it's easy to believe that the team consistently makes deep runs in the postseason. Au contraire mon frere. During that five year time span of 2008-2012, the fact remains that the team has only won one playoff game in the Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era.
Now trying to figure out, or pinpoint, exactly what the Falcons need to get over the hump and into the Super Bowl (for only the second time in franchise history) is like a husband attempting to figure out if his wife is truly mad at him despite her insistence that everything is “okay.” Just like that poor husband dealing with the subtle wrath of his wife, for the Falcons, it's not okay. They may have All-Pro players, such as Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, Roddy White as well as newcomers Osi Umenyiora and Steven Jackson, but if the Falcons want to represent the NFC in Super Bowl, the club needs to consider adding another player or two.
Kyle Vanden Bosch
As a three time Pro Bowler with 58 career sacks and 20 career forced fumbles, the veteran defensive end is most likely past his prime to contribute full time on the field. But as a situational pass rusher and possible back up to Umenyiora, Vanden Bosch could excel in the role and help the Falcons keep points off the board.
A 2002 second round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, the hard hitting Brown is long in the tooth by NFL standards. But what he gives up in age he more than makes up for with experience, and with more teams converting to three receiver sets, Brown would be a welcomed player in the Falcons secondary.
The seven time Pro Bowler, three time All-Pro defensive tackle, with three Super Bowl rings as a member of the New England Patriots should be brought in for his championship pedigree, because as good as the Falcons are as currently constructed they don't have many players on the roster that truly know what it takes to win it all.
At this point in Wilson's career one may label him a bust, but in the right situation under the right defensive coach, Wilson could easily standout at getting to the quarterback. That was a problem over the course of the 2012 season for the Falcons' defensive unit.
Yes a kicker, but Tynes has two Super Bowl rings, both as a member of the New York Giants, and he's the only kicker in NFL history to have two overtime game-winning field goals in the playoffs on his resume. A close game is a time that requires someone who is clutch, and if Tynes isn't clutch as a kicker then I don't know who is.