Hopeful or Depressed in Falcons Immediate Future……..
***Apologies for letting post expire.
As the Atlanta Falcons get ready to end one of the worst seasons in recent memory, most of the talk, discussion, and thoughts about the Falcons has turned to the upcoming off-season and 2014. Most fans are completely expecting their team to fall to the next two opponents, the Niners and rival Panthers. Two teams that are the exact opposite of the red and black team: tough and physical. The question now turns to whether or not the Falcons can actually fix all that ails this team in one season. Theory would have it that since the team from Flowery Branch has been so successful the last 5 out of 6 seasons, that it would be like riding a bike and they could easily slip back into success.
However, as Lee Corso might say, “Not so fast my friend.” If you look at the Falcons problems in a one-season vacuum, it would be easy
Another Weak Showing
It’s a win. That’s about all fans can say after this one. If ugly wins are still wins, than this has to be one of the ugliest the Falcons have played in a long time. As will be mentioned in the post, the Falcons had 7 takeaways and needed a last second tipped pass on a failed two point conversion to win the game. The Falcons found a team that was as bad or worse than them and barely managed to beat them. Problem is, one of the teams had it’s backup quarterback and the other did not. The Falcons sit at 4-10 and have two more games before this season comes to it’s merciful end. A look at the bad game that was.
How is this Play Justified?
Injuries, injuries, injuries. That’s why the Falcons are playing so bad right now, correct? It’s true that the Falcons have had their share of injuries throughout the year, but trying to chalk up the entire season’s collapse to a handful of injuries is
Another Game, Another Loss
It looked the Falcons of old for a half. The offense was moving well and the defense came up with some turnovers and the Falcons looked like the team that had done so well the past 5 years. And then the second half started. The Falcons ugly habit of blowing leads, regardless of how big or small, continued yet again on Sunday. Atlanta’s team seemed to be in a good position to win their 4th game of the year vs. an Aaron Rodgers-less Packer team, until halftime at least.
Second Half Collapse
Fans are sick of this. The argument can be drilled down to why a thousand times over, but the simple fact is this: Mike Smith the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons Football team. He is the person charged with fixing things that need improving on the field. The Falcons have been a disaster coming out of halftime since he has been head coach and there is literally no improvement. If anything,
Not Pretty, but a Win’s a Win
Even though the season’s long been lost, the Atlanta Falcons showed some grit and found a way to win against a very talented Buffalo Bills team. It took some big strokes of luck at the end of the game (recovering not one, but two fumbles on possible game-winning drives), but the Falcons will take any breaks they can get in a season full of woes and faceplants. In actuality, the Falcons probably shouldn’t have won, but there’s quite a few games they probably shouldn’t have lost earlier in the year either. Going out and winning games such as this when the season’s over in terms of the postseason shows a toughness of character that the Falcons can use next season. There’s still a long, LONG ways to go, but there are some signs of life in this team and that couldn’t be said a few weeks ago. They have a good schedule in terms of difficulty, where they can use as a possible jumping off point for 2014. At this
A Glance Ahead Amid 2013 Trainwreck
The dead horse has been beaten to a pulp on the awfulness that is the 2013 Atlanta Falcons. The collapse, undisciplined play, poor effort, weak coaching, and on and on and on have been analyzed, dissected, complained about, and taken apart for months now. And there probably will be more to come when they play their remaining games in 2013, but most fans need something, anything, to take away from the pain of the 2013 season. In short, it has been an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions. In fact, the Falcons have the distinct luxury of being the very first NFL team officially eliminated from the playoffs. Everyone already knew it, but it became official when the 49ers beat the Redskins on Monday Night Football.
There’s five more games, so there will likely be plenty more teeth gnashing ahead. But to offer something a little different from the gloom and doom of 2013, this post
Falcons Cornering the Market on Ways to Lose
What’s left to say, really. The Falcons lost again. This time they actually decided to show up against their biggest rival at home and try for a change. Same old, same old. Terrible offensive line, stupid penalties, costly turnovers, and even worse coaching decisions. Looking at the Saints for a second. They managed to win 7 games WITHOUT their head coach and the Falcons can’t even muster 3 wins WITH their head coach. But let’s call it an aberration and blame on injuries and just “one of those seasons” and see how we’re doing this time next year. Hey, at least we’re looking at a high draft pick. Not to worry, though, taking a long-snapper or 3rd string tight end with “really high potential” will surely be on top of the draft board. It’s great to be a Falcons fan these days, huh. Is this season over yet?
More analysis to come soon. For now, drown your miseries in here if you can keep from
Falcons Effort Simply Indefensible
We’re running out of synonyms for the word in embarrassment when describing the Falcons playing football. It seems as though the efforts by the Falcons can’t get any worse and they find a way every single week. This time it was one of the worst teams in the NFL (record-wise at least, that title now belongs to us) and we didn’t get beat, but blown out and embarrassed yet again. Out of 10 games played at this point, four of them have been blowouts, with two coming at the hands of our own rivals. The point spread for the upcoming Saints game might be 70+. It’s fairly obvious to even the least interested of fans that this team has given up.
There is literally no hope to be found anywhere at this point except maybe that the Falcons are neck and neck with the Jaguars (guess where their GM came from?) for the #1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. If the Bucs game was
This is becoming a normal deal, but the Falcons were blown out yet again and this time it comes at home. This team is a shell of the team that came close to the Super Bowl and it’s even become fairly painful to follow at this point. Arthur Blank will probably keep the status quo in place in 2014, but good luck getting new season ticket buyers, much less keeping those already there. Unless they’re big fans of slow moving trainwrecks…………
Falcons Continue their Misery Campaign
The Falcons continued their campaign of misery Sunday when they suffered another embarrassing blowout, this time at the hand of one of their closest rivals. Signs were leaning to the Panthers surpassing the Falcons in the NFC South as the biggest threat to the New Orleans Saints and it became official when they laid a 34-10 butt-whooping down on them. The season seems to be officially over at this point. Sad to say when the season is only halfway done. The Falcons would have to go undefeated in the second half just to get to 10-6. Oh, and they have the Seahawks, Niners, Packers, Redskins, Panthers, and Saints left on the schedule. At this point, it seems fairly likely that they may not win another game in 2013. Some hard decisions will have to come at the end of the season and the best fans can hope for is that they take pride and at least try to develop some talent going forward. To the ugliness that
Falcons Faceplant to Cardinals
There was a little hope in all Falcons fans that the unexpected could somehow happen. The Falcons would find a way to resurrect a season that has crashed into the side of the mountain. They won last week and many felt that if they could find a way to win the next two, starting with the Arizona Cardinals, that they would have a shot. WRONG.
Even though there’s been worse butt-whippings in the Mike Smith Era in terms of scores (Falcons 16, Saints 45 in 2011 comes to mind), this was easily one of the most embarrassing losses in the last four years. It thoroughly was a must-win in every sense of the word. The Falcons could ill-afford another loss and keep any hopes alive of making the postseason. Not only that, their schedule gets much, much harder as the season goes on.
The nail might as well be placed and ready to be driven into the Falcons “Super Bowl or Bust” season. Fans will of course stick with their team, but