The Atlanta Falcons are entering a new regime under new head coach Arthur Smith. Questions surround the status of certain members of the roster. While speaking about the outlook of the team, Arthur Blank shared what he believes is the biggest issue and he spoke about Matt Ryan's future with the franchise.
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It's interesting for Blank to say that the Falcons need to improve at running back after the team signed Todd Gurley to a one-year deal before the 2020 season. Gurley would finish with a career-worst 3.5 yards per attempt on 195 carries as he scored nine rushing touchdowns.
But seeing that Blank believes Atlanta's most glaring issue is at running back, Gurley's tenure with the Falcons is likely over. In all likeliness, Atlanta will address the running back position in the draft due to their cap situation.
When Blank spoke about Ryan's future with the Falcons organization, he seemed committed to keeping him and Julio Jones for at least another season.
“I’d be shocked, completely shocked if he is not. It really has nothing to do with his contract. Matt has played at a very high level for us since 2008 when we drafted him,” Blank said, NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano. “Matt can still play at a very high level so we expect him to be a Falcon next year, fully. Same question was raised regarding Julio Jones and we expect Julio to be a Falcon next year and play at a very high level as well. . . . They’ll both be with us (Falcons).”
With Smith taking over as the head coach for the Falcons, some people wondered if they could move on from Ryan and Jones this offseason. While Atlanta could add a quarterback or wide receiver in the draft, Blank is confident that there won't be any drastic changes to the offense besides the running back position.