Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/8/13
The Atlanta Falcons are not last years Atlanta Falcons. Monday's loss to Geno Smith and the Jets, drops the team to 1-4.Sean Peyton has returned to bring strength back to the Saints and the NFC South Division, and the Falcons NFC championship game loss to the 49ers is looking like a hangover that is going to extend well into the 2013 season.The Falcons also received word today that they will lose dynamic wide receiver Julio Jones for the season. The Good to Bad rubber band effect of the NFL is in full swing.On the other end of the spectrum the league's worst team last year, the Kansas City Chiefs, are 5-0. They are battling in the AFC west, a division that after 5 gamesis proving to be one of the best.Head coach Andy Reid has the team believing in themselves, the defense is the strength, the offense is well managed by Alex Smith.However, the offense needs more help. Especially going against the high-flying Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning. The Chiefs defense maybe able to slow Manning downbut we have seen this movie before in Kansas City. Alex Smith, Jammal Charles, and Dwayne Bowe are going to need more help.Enter Falcons' tight end, Future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzales.Gonzales was coaxed by head coach Mike Smith into returning for one final year in Atlanta. This is not the year he envisioned. Reid runs a west coast hybrid offense. An offense that utilizes the tight end. The Chiefs went out and signed Anthony Fasano. The Chiefs drafted tight end Travis Kelce. Neither have been healthy. Former Seahawk and third stringer Sean McGrath has been utilized often by Alex Smith, but he even shows signs of breaking down.Tony Gonzales was drafted by Marty Schottenheimer and Carl Peterson in 1997. He spent most of his career dunking footballs through the Arrowhead uprights. The west coast offense that Reid runs is an offense Gonzales is familiar with and that needs a productive pass catching tight end.Yes, Atlanta has made some fun playoff runs in the last few years. However this doesn't appear to be one of those years. The Falcons would be wise to talk to Gonzales about the opportunity to be moved for a third round draft pick to help them next year. Especially with Jones being out for the season and the overall strength of the NFC. Trading is also more prominent in the NFL than in years past. See the Browns trading Trent Richardson to the Colts.If this is Gonzales's last season it only makes sense for him to try and play for a team with a playoff shot and why not make that team the 5-0 Chiefs? He owned the town when he was here. He knows the fans would welcome him back with open arms. And we know he would love to stick it to the Broncos for old time sake.Chiefs' General Manager John Dorsey needs to do everything he can, to try to bring Tony G. back to Kansas City for one last run.
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