Welcome back to another NFL season football fans. The best time of the year is upon us, and I can't wait to see what the 2016 season has in store for us. This season I am lucky enough to follow and report for the Atlanta Falcons. I want to give a big thanks to Arthur Blank, new GM Jeremy, and the entire Falcons organization. It is a great opportunity, and I can't wait to see what this season has in store. The 2015 season was quite the rollercoaster season for the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta started the season 5-0 behind a balanced offensive with Devonta Freeman carving defenses up on the ground, and Matt Ryan in the air. Once defenses began to figure out the Falcons scheme, Kyle Shanahan failed to adjust and the Falcons finished the season 3-8 and missed the playoffs with an 8-8 record. Now 2nd year head coach Dan Quinn enters into the next season with some new faces on the team. In free agency the Falcons spent over $100 million to improve this roster and a lot of that money went towards the big free agent signings in Alex Mack, and Mohamed Sanu. Offensive line has been a major problem for the Falcons for years, and the addition of Mack provides a veteran presence and a massive upgrade at the center position. Sanu gives Matt Ryan a 2nd receiver that the team desperately needed and didn't have in Roddy White last season. Another chunk of the money went towards pass rush. The Falcons invested $26 million into Derek Shelby and Adrian Clayborn to help get after the quarterback. This is a Atlanta defense that finished last in the NFL in sacks, and had rookie Vic Beasley lead the team in sacks with 4. The Falcons are likely looking at a similar season to 2015. They probably aren't going to go on the same road that the 2015 season saw, but 8-8 sounds right about where I have the Falcons in 2016. The NFC South is the Panther's division to lose, and I think the wild cards are coming out of the NFC North and NFC West. Now I think I've gone on long enough, let's see what the #RiseUp nation has to say about the Falcons and the upcoming season. Time to take it to Twitter.
This is all I have in store for this edition of Falcons Nest. In the next edition of the Falcons Nest, we will discuss all four weeks of the preseason, who has been cut from the team, and preview the week one matchup when the Falcons host the divisional rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Follow me on Twitter for updates for all thing Falcons @Texashomeboy1.