Not only did the Falcons see the Eagles beat them and go to Super Bowl 52 and win a Lombardi Trophy, they saw the team they let off the hook in New England also get back to the game. The Eagles closed the deal that should have been the Falcons celebration a year earlier. Two little yards in the Divisional Playoff changed everything.
I don’t know which off-season will produce more regret. The fact that you lost the Super Bowl in excruciating fashion or that the road to redemption was right in front of you. The Falcons had everything line up in their favor, but failed to execute.
Thankfully they have what appears to be a wide open window of contention. I believe it to be as strong as almost any franchise in the NFL. The problem is, correcting the problems. When you go from 1st in the NFL to 15th in scoring you have problems. Thankfully when you go from 27th to 8th your defense shows great promise.
I’ll continue to believe that being out coached cost you a playoff win and a Super Bowl win in consecutive seasons. I don’t know why after 3 seasons I am expecting anything to change. Some coaches are better when the clock isn’t running. Dan Quinn is one of those coaches. Regret can be staggering. Hopefully the Falcons take advantage of this off season to change the direction.
MR. BLANK NEEDS AN INTERVENTION
First it was the complaining about the Patriots celebrating their 28-3 Super Bowl comeback win with 283 diamonds in their rings. Then it was filing an official complaint with the NFL that the Saints were taunting you with 28-3 videos on their Jumbotron and a harmless comedy routine at halftime. Now it is continuing to talk about how close the team is to winning a Super Bowl. Somebody needs to intervene.
Arthur Blank every day does anything he can to bring Atlanta a title. He is the epitome of a man obsessed with victory and a loving relationship with thus city. He cares about making his players experience and his organization first class. Those are all truths. He also can’t balance those desires with being overly sensitive and involved.
He has built the first class organization. His stadium desires have also been met. Now he just needs to stop inserting himself onto the front page on issues that distract from the winning a Super Bowl agenda. Fact, you blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl. Fact, that is a national punch line. Your team has to change that. You’ve claimed to have moved on. The petty sensitivity over the mocking shows otherwise. The NFL owners are partners, but competitors. It’s time to grasp that and move on.
If you want the mocking to stop. Change the narrative on the field. Let the football people do the talking. Let their actions and results be the talking points. Stop being so sensitive. The NFL is big business. Let’s start acting like it.
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