With Steven Jackson now in the fold at Flowery Branch the Falcons have locked up, at least on paper, what is the number one offense in professional football. Look around folks, there are Pro Bowlers from the sky. Pro Bowl wide receivers, Hall of Fame Tight End, pro bowl quarterback and now an 8 time thousand yard rusher.
What Jackson does for the Falcons is make them an absolute nightmare to prepare for as a defensive coordinator. What is it you are going to game plan against, Jones and Roddy I would assume. Well then get ready for a tight end and two multi purpose backs that could take you apart. Focus on doubling Julio and shutting down Jackson and guess what, here's a 9 catch 137 yard day for Roddy White. The Falcons were loaded with good weapons last year and no running game to fear and now they have the same weapons with a running game that no longer has to take a back seat.
What happened on Thursday was another outright win for Arthur Blank and his crew. Jackson had options for sure, Green Bay was dying to get their hands on him and were ready to spend. Not a bad option for Jackson to play with Aaron Rodgers and some of the best receivers in the game in a town that is football insane and with World titles to boot. However, at the end of the day it was Atlanta that proved more attractive, the town, the team, the owner and dare I say the tradition of winning that players around the league are starting to pay serious attention to. How far we have indeed come from the days of a quarterback in federal prison, a coach that quits in the dark of the night and a ego maniac front office guy who said "Thanks but not thanks."
With monster games next year against the likes of New Orleans, Seattle, the 49ers, the Patriots and the aforementioned Packers, I would say there is a lot of reason to think that as much fun as Falcons fans had in 2012, there may be even more good times coming in 2013. Big games, multiple prime time appearances and a team that is relevant in the biggest sport on the planet, I'll take it trust me, I was here for the days of Byron Leftwich and Bobby Petrino.