The Falcons were up 14-0 and there were thoughts that this might be the game to get this team and coaching staff back on track. Nope. Only more fuel has been added to the fire that this coaching staff simply aren’t getting it done.
You can talk about talent or rosters or schedules or tough opponents all you want, but the simple fact is that this Falcons coaching staff is losing fan confidence like a sinking boat. Sure there are some holes here and there on the roster, but the point becomes clearer and clearer every week that this coaching staff may not be the ones.
Many will point to Mike Mularkey’s ridiculously conservative offense as a reason for the current implosion. Others will say that because Matt Ryan doesn’t possess a Jeff George like arm that its time to start looking for a replacement at QB. Some will say that it’s Brian Van Gorders jumbo jet soft zone that has helped continue the slide.
The painful truth is that it might just go a little higher up. Mike Smith has done wonders for this franchise and will surely get plenty of time to correct his mistakes, but fans are begrudgingly starting to wonder whether this is the farthest the Falcons will climb under Smith. It’s really early, but the Falcons have shown an unbelievable way to “find a way to lose” as opposed to finding a way to win. Truth be told, hardly any fans in the Georgia Dome last night thought for second that the Falcons could or would hold their 14 point lead against the defending Super Bowl Champs.
The Falcons fanbase are beginning to have a serious crisis of confidence in this coaching staff and the ire and angst are not stopping with the coordinators. Smith and Co. are showing that they are incapable or unwilling to fix some of the problems they have had since they took over. They are a hyper-conservative football team that plays not to lose as opposed to playing to win.
Matt Ryan has regressed as a quarterback, plain and simple. He has gone from a rookie who wasn’t afraid of hardly anyone to being a gunshy, panicky, and paranoid signal-caller who is terrified of making a mistake. Coaching staffs are supposed to help their talented young quarterbacks become more comfortable and progress, not the opposite. The Falcons defense have had severe issues getting off the field on 3rd down (even though they played pretty darn well against the best team in the NFL).
The team seems tight and afraid and appear to be entering into a possible self-destruct mode. But of all the issues that plague this team, there’s no more of a damning assessment than how poorly they come out to play in the second half and actually play worse after getting supposed adjustments.
And if you’re counting, the Falcons are now 1 – 5 in their last 6 games against elite/contending teams (beat Eagles ((who are now 1-4)); lost to Saints, Packers, Bears, Bucs, and Packers).
Let’s just open it up to The Bird Cage Family Members……