Atlanta Falcons: 3-2 Blues
“So what are you gonna say at my funeral, now that you've killed me? Here lies the body of the love of my life, whose heart I broke without a gun to my head.” For some reason I heard Beyoncé say these words in my head as I walked out of the Mercedes Benz Stadium last Sunday. My Falcons had just blown ANOTHER lead in the second half against the Dolphins, leading to our 2nd loss in a row coming off a BYE week. We made Jay Cutler look like a decent QB, and blew another lead the Sunday before we travel to Foxboro to face Brady and Belichick. I was sick.
What is going on in Atlanta? Can we fix it? Where do we go from here? Was last year just a fluke? These are just a few of the questions being asked by, well everyone. I’ll be perfectly honest and admit that I asked myself these same questions as I rode the Marta train back to my car. I mean coming into this season I figured by time we headed to Boston we’d be 4-1, our only loss to Aaron and the Packers. I didn’t think we would BARELY squeak by Chicago and Detroit, outright beat the Packers for the 3rd time in a row only to lose to both Buffalo and Miami…..after having the lead AND the last possession of the game……AT HOME.
I tend to be dramatic so I reached out to the only level headed football experts I know; my dad and my brother. I asked them one simple question, “How are you feeling about the Falcons so far?” The answers I received were nearly identical, which I wasn’t surprised about. After all I spent most of my childhood Sundays stuck at an Applebee’s or Dave and Busters being forced to watch a game I really didn’t care about with them. It was out of these Sundays that my love for this game and this team began and I’d like to share their answers with you all.
My Dad (Erric, yes with 2 r’s) said “Offense: Ryan needs to become more of a field general. He needs to be in charge of what play they actually run based on what he see at the line. Defense: Keep playing aggressively and trust each other to do the job their assigned. If Alford truly trusted Rico Allen, he wouldn’t have had to grab the Dolphins receiver. He would’ve known Allen had his back. They’ll be fine. Still returning to the Super Bowl.”
My Brother (Jordan) said “Offense: RUN THE BALL!! There’s no way Freeman and Coleman should have a combined 18 carries. Sark has to remember all of the talent he has at his disposal, we’re 6 weeks in and Julio Jones hasn’t seen the end zone. Defense: For the most part we’ve been playing fine despite some of the injuries we’ve had. We’re allowing too many yards after contact and aren’t forcing turnovers (although we could have had 2 more if it wasn’t for 2 highly questionable calls).”
I agree with both of them. As we get ready to head to Foxboro I can honestly say I’m not worried. I’m definitely frustrated because we haven’t been playing good football. It’s as simple as that. There have been some flashes of that dominant offense from last season, and the defense has improved tremendously but I have yet to see a complete game from this team. We are built to be successful yet we have allowed every opponent the opportunity to win the game. That is unacceptable, and as a fan I expect more from this team. So when that ball is kicked at 8:30pm on Sunday night in Foxboro I expect my Falcons to show up and win.