After a nice bounce-back-from-Mike-Vick season, the Atlanta Falcons are not content to simply stay the course. Yes, Matt Ryan revitalized the team, and their offense was quite productive. Now, thanks to acquiring Tony Gonzalez (for a second-round pick in 2010) from the determined-to-rebuild Kansas City Chiefs, it could very well move from “productive” to “awfully explosive.” Anytime you add a tight end of Tony Gonzalez’ caliber, your good offense could easily move to the great category, especially if he has the type of season he had during his last year with the offensively-challenged Chiefs: 96 catches, 1058 yards, 10 touchdowns.
Keep in mind, Gonzalez’ Pro-Bowl level production was done on the 24th-ranked offense in the league. Can a player like Matt Ryan add a couple of seasons worth of life and production to Gonzalez’ career, one that will go down as one of the best careers by a tight end, perhaps ever? Gonzalez indicates that’s certainly a possibility, and if his production stays at the high level we’re used to seeing, it could/should be longer.
Conversely, will Gonzalez be enough for the Falcons to go from a “nice, up-and-coming” team into a Super Bowl contender? Considering the NFC, and the fact a team like the 9-7 Arizona Cardinals can make the Big Game, don’t be surprised if the Falcons are fighting for the same designation — that is, NFC Super Bowl representative — in December.
Needless to say, not all Kansas City Chiefs fans are not happy with the decision, although, the numbers are not quite as high as I would expect. Perhaps Chiefs fans have become more accepting of their rebuilding fate. On the other hand, the following tweet from a Chiefs fan I know says something different — well, the ending hash tag does, anyway:
“…and the chiefs trade tony gonzalez http://kl.am/3mc #asshats“