Atlanta Falcons without Julio Jones, Christian McCaffrey’s return to Carolina, the Jamis Winston era in New Orleans, and Pirates’ Super Bowl defending champion Tom Brady. Who Will Win NFC South?
Talk time is almost over and the 2021 NFL season is just around the corner. And as we get closer to the start of the game, the Sky Sports NFL writers break down all eight divisions, from key players to the biggest acquisitions.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at the applicants – continuing NFC South.
Main coach: Arthur Smith
Key person: The 2020 season may have been a demoralizing reminder of the Falcons’ downward spiral following the Super Bowl LI defeat, but Matt Ryan still tossed it there. All things considered, he showed good numbers. Ryan finished with 4,581 passes (5th in the league) and 286.3 yards per game (5th), 26 touchdowns and 11 steals, was sacked 41 times in fifth place, 166 pressured in fifth and took second place. 70 times. In the life after Julio Jones for the Falcons, Matty Ice should be the first.
Meanwhile, Atlanta will count on an outside midfielder Dante Fowler to rediscover the 2019 kits that totaled 11.5 sacks for the Los Angeles Rams following his disappointing 2020 campaign. He has all the tools to become the Falcons’ most powerful defensive player in desperate need of a spark.
Major additions: It was a testament to the charm Kyle Pitts that the Falcons lost sight of drafting their future quarterback in favor of the Florida tight end with a fourth overall pick. Atlanta then turned to a passing 32nd defense, taking on the safety of the UCF. Richie Grant in the second round, before adding an attacking projectile in the third round Jalen Mayfield to Matt Ryan’s defense and raising the Arizona receiver Frank Darby in the sixth round.
Free Agency Sees Falcons Signing Safety Sign For Former New Orleans Saints Eric Harris, and also running back Mike Davis replace Todd Gurley after a year with the Carolina Panthers. Castaway quarterback Josh Rosen arrived in August and is running back Wayne Gallman was snapped up after being released by the 49ers from San Francisco. But the most important new face is the face of the head coach. Arthur Smith, who arranged third in the Tennessee Titans attack last year.
Last season: The Falcons have dropped to 4-12 and the bottom of the division in their worst season since 2013. Head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff were fired in October after the team’s first 0-5 start since 1997, during which they dropped out of the fourth quarter. leads with 15 points and 16 points in consecutive defeats to the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, respectively.
The Falcons won four of their next six under interim head coach Raheem Morris, but lost to winning positions in six games by the end of the year, ending the season with five straight losses.