It's been an offseason of change for the Atlanta Falcons. They hired a new GM in Terry Fontenot, a new head coach in former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, and used the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft to select a possible franchise player in tight end Kyle Pitts.
Atlanta's top pick falls in line with the goals of Fontenot and Smith in their first year.
Smith said that he and Fontenot were the wrong guys to hire for a rebuild. Instead, they believe in a quick turnaround for the Falcons.
“They hired the wrong guys if they thought we were going to lower expectations, take our time, and rebuild. That’s just not who we are. The expectation is to win now, build for the future, have plans.”- Arthur Smith
Smith's comments should excite Falcons fans. The team appears all-in on maximizing its time with quarterback Matt Ryan, who should have no problems putting up impressive numbers with a retooled offense. Making Pitts the highest-drafted tight end in league history is a clear indication of that.
Ryan will have Pitts, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst at his disposal in 2021, setting the former MVP up for another incredible season. And even if Jones is traded, Pitts looks fully capable of stepping up to replace him.
Smith and Fontenot seem set on breaking the team's three-year drought without a playoff appearance. And it's promising to know their eyes are set on competing, rather than tearing it all down.
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