The Atlanta Falcons possess one of the best offenses in the league. Even without counting quarterback Matt Ryan, it's one of the best.
Bleacher Report writer Brad Gagnon rated the "Every NFL's Best Supporting Cast for 2019" this week. He ranked the Falcons at No. 5 and wrote the team could possibly be No. 1.
"If those four pass-catchers (Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper) keep rolling, and Freeman is able to bounce back in his age-27 season, Ryan could actually have the best supporting cast in the league," Gagnon wrote. "But there's a lack of depth beyond those five players, and it's fair to be concerned about the lead carrier in the backfield."
Not to get greedy, but I'm going to get greedy. The Falcons have a consensus Top 5 offense heading into the 2019 season, and Gagnon didn't disagree. The three teams he had directly ahead of the Falcons on his list were the Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints. Anyone could rank the Falcons ahead of those teams, but honestly, that's splitting hairs.
But where I won't agree with Gagnon's list is positioning the Cleveland Browns at No. 1. The Browns have experienced a lot of hype this offseason, and rightfully so after a strong finish to 2018, but this is going too far. Although Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry may be the best one-two punch at wide receiver in the league, they haven't played together since college. It's also unclear how running back Nick Chubb responses in his second season along with Kareem Hunt returning from a suspension that will keep him out of NFL games for almost a full year.
Furthermore, the Browns don't possess a great tight end that an offense would have to have in order to be considered the best supporting cast in the league. David Njoku recorded 56 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns during his second season last year. Hooper is a far better pass-catcher and tight end.
Not only should the Browns not be a No. 1, the Falcons should be ahead of Cleveland on the list.