For no reason beyond this being the team with the great fickle bird as its logo, I’ve done much handwringing over the state of the Falcons already. I’ve worried about injuries. (Harry Douglas’ knee, in particular.) I’ve worried about jinxes. I’ve worried about worrying. But today I put on my happy face and offer these reasons to be of good cheer.
1. The general manager is the smartest the Falcons have ever had. I once likened this to being considered the finest yachtsman in Kansas, whereupon a dutiful reader informed me Bill Koch, who won the America’s Cup, is indeed from Kansas. So let’s skip the flawed analogies and just say, “Even if he hasn’t eaten a hamburger in 20 years, Thomas Dimitroff is one clever fellow.”
2. This coaching staff is the best the Falcons have ever had. (Sorry to disappoint all those Greg Knapp fans out there.)
3. Matt Ryan isn’t going to fail. He works too hard. He cares too much. And he’s not exactly untalented, either.
4. The talk of a jinx has actually put the Falcons on alert. “We read that article,” said the discerning Mr. Dimitroff, meaning one of mine, “and it got some guys’ attention.” (Glad to be of service, TD.)
5. The Tony Gonzalez acquisition made the Falcons believe in the way only a major addition to a solid nucleus can make players believe. Players are human. They love to see gifted new players walk through that door. In the history of football, there might have been five tight ends as gifted as Gonzalez. There also might not have been.