Outlook: This is a difficult team to get a read on, because the Falcons have the look of a Super Bowl contender. And yet, despite three playoff berths and one division crown in the past four seasons, they’ve never really threatened to go the distance. The opportunity to win the NFC South appears to be there again — New Orleans is in turmoil, while Carolina and Tampa Bay are still building.
Maybe Samuel was the missing piece, Konz will help turn the offensive front into a road-paving machine, and Ryan and the offense will suddenly turn into Green Bay South. The Falcons should contend for a playoff spot, but there are still too many question to expect more.