May 4, 2013; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff (left) and head coach Mike Smith watch drills on the field at Falcons Rookie Camp. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons Mike Smith, Thomas Dimitroff assured they will be back in 2014

The Atlanta Falcons have achieved a feat that has only happened twice in NFL history.  They have gone from a conference title game to eight losses in their first ten games.  The other team to pull off this feat?  The Falcons, when they went to the Super Bowl in 1999 and then the 2000 season.  The Falcons and owner Arthur Blank are not panicking and both head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff are assured they will return for the 2014 season with a chance to get the Falcons back to a Super Bowl contender.

The 2013 season has been a disaster, but it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.  As bad as this season has gone with injuries to Julio Jones, Roddy White, Sam Baker, Sean Weatherspoon among others, the Falcons find themselves in spectacular position to attack this year’s NFL Draft.

As a result, they will have the position to address their deficiencies along the defensive line and offensive line as well as their overall depth.  With as bad as the Falcons have been, they might end up in position to draft South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, which might just be worth the nightmare this season has been.

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