The Atlanta Falcons have endured so much scrutiny the past week from sports commentators, writers, and fans alike. But why? And most importantly why has nothing changed?
The Falcons season so far has been a disappointment. Once again I’ll say, despite the injuries they should still be winning. If this is so true why can’t they beat anybody other than the St. Louis Rams?
The problems everyone seem to notice are the ones on the offensive and defensive line and red zone efficiency. If the Falcons fix and eliminate these problems they’ll win and remind everyone of the team that was one drive away from going to the Super Bowl last year. But the coaching staff seems to be ignoring these problems and letting them slide and only get worse. Mike Smith’s “play-not-to-lose” strategies aren’t working anymore. They need to get back on track and win because this season if they are anything short of a trip to Met Life Stadium and the Lombardi Trophy coming back, a lot of people will be cut from this organization.
Don’t get me wrong, Mike Smith has done tremendous things since he has arrived in 2008 and the team has done nothing but improve over the years. And the expectations are so high now that the team has to win a Super Bowl or it’ll be considered a fraud forever. And now it seems that the Falcons have taken a step backwards and aren’t looking towards the future.
The do or die mentality is what the Falcons will face Monday night when the New York Jets come to the Georgia Dome for a show down at 8:20 PM ET on ESPN. To put it short, Mike Smith is a great coach. He’s led this team into the right direction. Now he just has to finish it. He can’t let Rex Ryan out coach him with rookie QB Geno Smith, he has way too much talent and experience on the team to allow that to happen.
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Once again fans are looking for those three keys to winning to have improved dramatically this week for the sake of the teams’ chances of having a winning season. There aren’t going to be any more acceptable excuses if they lose again this week because of the high expectations and hopefully Mike Smith and his staff knows that.
We all want to see them win, the key is putting a positive spin on all this recent adversity.