In advance of the Falcons-Chiefs preseason game tonight at the Georgia Dome, Joel Thorman of SB Nation Kansas City asked me for my thoughts on the Falcons' biggest strength and biggest weakness. My response:
Squishy on the outside, solid on the inside. But I should probably explain that last line: if we'll be able to put up points on anybody, wouldn't that make our offense our biggest strength?
Well, it feels silly to say something like "Our biggest strength is our entire offense." And it's hard to point out a specific unit of the 2010 Falcons offense and call it a major strength. It simply looks to be pretty good across the board.
Matt Ryan is very good, but not quite great. Michael Turner at full strength is excellent, but his backups are either unreliable (Jerious Norwood) or average (Jason Snelling).
Roddy White is a few steps shy of elite and Tony Gonzalez may still be our best offensive player, but the rest of the receiving corps is a bundle of newborn question marks and creaky old guys. The offensive line has blocked well for the run and well for the pass, but seemingly never on the same day.
That's my story.