The Atlanta Falcons marched all the way to the NFC Championship game before losing to the San Francisco 49ers. But that doesn’t mean the Falcons don’t have room to improve. While having the 6th overall passing attack, according to ESPN, behind 281.8 yards per game their run game was atrocious.
ESPN says that the Falcons had the 29th rushing attack, based on 87.3 yards per game. That’s third worst in the league.
The Falcons addressed that issue this offseason by releasing Michael Turner and signing free agent running back from the St. Louis Rams, Steven Jackson.
“Obviously, we’re led by Matt Ryan,” tight end Tony Gonzalez said on NFL Network’s NFL AM. “With him pulling the trigger, with Roddy (White), Julio (Jones), myself, we’re going to try and soften up that defense a lot where they got to stand back and play off us a little bit. That is going to make big holes for a guy like Steven Jackson, and we should hopefully go out there and be the perfect offense.
“That’s what we strive to be is the perfect type of offense where it’s pick your poison; who are you going to stop? With Steven Jackson back there in the backfield, it just makes us that much tougher to defend.”
Tony Gonzalez almost retired before deciding to come back for another season.