The Pulse Of The Fans – Things To Look Forward To On Offense In 2009

  1. Tony Gonzalez and his Goal Post Dunks

The best tight end is coming to Atlanta and will help the offense in the red zone.  The Falcons were proficient with their running game inside the 20-yard line, but their passing could use some help.  A fade route to Roddy White isn’t a bad option at all, but Gonzo over the middle will be another great option for Matty Ice.

  1. Jerious Norwood Getting To Shine

Norwood made great strides as a receiver in 2008 and I would agree that he would be a great tool to use in a 4-wide receiver set with him motioning out of the backfield.  I think he will get a few more carries to keep Turner’s number down, but their 3rd running back will get a few more touches as well.  Norwood has been very effective with kick returns and breaking runs on a tired defense in the 2nd half with the number of carries he had in 2008.

  1. Harry Douglas becoming the NFL’s best slot receiver.

I think it would be difficult to supplant a guy like Wes Welker or Anthony Gonzalez in terms of reliability, but Douglas definitely showed promise in his rookie year.  Douglas is very quick and put on some muscle in the off-season.  He’s a great punt returner to start with, and in 2009 will see a lot more snaps at receiver.  he had 30+ catches in 2008, and while I don’t see that number topping 50, he will have more clutch catches and touchdowns throughout the year.

  1. Top 5 Rated Offense

This is definitely a possibility.  On paper they have a great chance to be right there with a New Orleans, New England, Philadelphia, Indianapolis – all those teams you expect to be an elite scoring team.  The biggest thing it hinges on is the offensive line play.  If they can play at the level they played at in 2008, Ryan and the offense will be elite.  If they take a full step back, the offense will be top-15, but that’s about it.