The Falcons are coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history, but no one from the team seemed satisfied with that accomplishment after missing the playoffs in 2009. TE Tony Gonzalez, who is heading into his second season with Atlanta, told PFW he expects better results from the Falcons in 2010.
"I would definitely say we underachieved (last season)," Gonzalez said. "There were a lot of games we let slip away, at least two of them we should have won. A lot of teams are saying that, (with our) kicking problems and all that (stuff). But I expect a lot more out of us this year. We've had a year to work together, especially on the offensive side of the ball. But definitely last year was a learning experience for us, and it's a young football team."
RB Michael Turner and QB Matt Ryan missed time in the second half of last season with injuries, which didn't help the Falcons' cause, but they're back in good health. Atlanta is considered the team most likely to challenge the Saints for the NFC South title.
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