The Falcons were 6-1 and in the thick of the hunt for a playoff spot at one point last season, but a six-game losing streak knocked them out of contention as the year came to a close.
One of the reasons for the drop was an offense that ended the year ranked 21st in the league with 339 points scored. That was the lowest total in Atlanta since 2007 and it’s something the team needs to turn around if they are going to have better results in Kyle Shanahan’s second year as offensive coordinator. Wide receiver Julio Jones says that the path to better results starts with better communication.
“We’re going out here and we’re executing properly and we’re executing the right things,” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “But if the quarterback’s off and we’re off … we’ve got to go out there and make it come to life. That’s what we just have to do a better job of. We just had another little meeting here after practice. Quarterbacks, receivers, everybody, we’ve just got to do a better job of communicating.”
Communication breakdowns didn’t seem to hurt Jones personally as he finished the year with 136 catches for 1,871 yards, but a one-man show isn’t going to get the job done. If Atlanta can’t get everyone on the same page this time, the chances for a big improvement won’t look as good.