Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/10/14
When Mike Smith started the 2013 season, his first game was a last second loss to New Orleans. The rest of the season was downhill.Injuries and a defense that needed help from the start, plus three tackles who went down with injuries did not help.The Falcons resembled a MASH unit more than a football team. While Smith and his coaches could not right the ship. And things now need to be fixed.There is plenty of depth in free agency with good talent to come in and help this team succeed.The Falcons will heal all their wounds, but can the team get over losing Tony Gonzalez, correct a sad pass rush and rejuvenate a running game.Here are five players this team must take a shot at to help this team get back to the playoffs.Eugene MonroeThis was a serious problem last season. Monroe started the season in Jacksonville, was traded to Baltimore and could not help the running game. Look for him to open holes for another team this season, possibly in Atlanta.Hakeem NicksHe is not going to be in ...
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