Though Blank gave both Dimitroff and Smitty a big vote of confidence, he also referenced potential "sacrificial cows." Addition by subtraction. Players that would have to go this offseason. We can spend all day speculating exactly who those players will be, but the fact remains that the Falcons will in all likelihood let some vets walk and maybe even jettison a few players as well.
Dimitroff also had some very interesting remarks regarding free agency:
We’d like to bring back who we think are our core players right now, and that’s going to be difficult. Realistically, there’s probably eight (that could return).
Dimtroff also added that he was focused on adding the right veterans, ones with "positive playoff experience" that would contribute to the passion of the locker room.
This tells us two things: obviously one is that we'll see several players walk away this offseason. The other, and perhaps more important, is his statement regarding "passion."