Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who presented during the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee news conference on Monday, said he believes his team will remain competitive during the 2019 season.
ATLANTA — Falcons owner Arthur Blank might have preferred to visit their or her own team competing inside Atlanta’s mercedes benz Stadium this Sunday, but Blank ardently thinks that a return visit to the Super Bowl could happen sooner than later to the team.
Perhaps even season.
You fret about getting back, then you worry about winning.
“We obviously can cure each of these harms we had this [past] season, which was clearly a factor. And that I think the changes with the team will create a change. Our activity in free agency and the draft will really make a distinction. Together with the Gee that we have, and the young defensive celebrities we have, and a few of the talent that people now have on crime with Julio [Jones] along with [Devonta] Freeman returning, I think we’ll take very fine, competitive shape next year. It’s a very long season, but now I like where we have been.”
The Falcons finished a disappointing 2018 campaign having a 7-9 record, sparking changes. Coach Dan Quinn fired defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong by the finish of the season. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter returned into the Falcons as offensive director, Quinn appointed himself as the defensive coordinator, also former Washington Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica was hired for the same spot in Atlanta. Quinn hired offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as the tight ends coach.
The Falcons’ most significant impending free agents are defensive handle Grady Jarrett and running back Tevin Coleman, even though general director Thomas Dimitroff said re-signing Jarrett is really a top priority at this time. Keeping Coleman seems improbable after the Falcons signed Freeman into a third party, $41.25 million extension ($22 million guaranteed) through 2022.
Blank emphasized how essential it is to have a franchise quarterback in 20-16 MVP Matt Ryan, a person he thinks is much capable of leading the Falcons to a name.
“We think we have just one of the ideal. We couldn’t be more enthused about that. I love that for 11 decades, he has been exceptionally persistent. He’s a great leader on the fieldoff the field. He works hard, harder. He knows his responsibilities and has developed leadership skills. And he’s got all the talent to take us where we will need to be.”
Blank expressed business confidence in Quinn because the heads to his fifth season with 3-2 playoff mark and a complete record.
“He’s a wonderful leader of men,” Blank said of Quinn. “He’s a terrific vision. He’s brutally honest with himself with the team and also the players. He’s not going to compromise his values, and he affirms the values of this company. I really couldn’t be happier with him as our coach.”
Within a group meeting session, the first question asked to Blank was if he was over the Falcons blowing off a 28-3 lead at a 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in super-bowl LI.
“Yes. I have fully recovered from that,” Blank told the bunch. “That’s history. Thus, we’ve learned from historywe are living in the present and we aim for the future.”
We are going to see if that future includes a Super Bowl title.