Atlanta Falcons: A Wish List for the Second Half of 2014

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After having a week away from the terror that is Falcons football the bye week is sadly over and we have to reacquaint ourselves with the disaster that is the 2014 season. With the bye week acting as a natural midpoint of the season it offered a nice opportunity to take stock of the season so far while also offering an opportunity to look ahead to the remainder of the season.

Obviously looking back at the first half of this season it’s fairly easy to see that this team isn’t good, and unless things turn around very quickly there are going to be major changes ahead. In an effort to try and make this article as positive as possible I’m not going to spend ages dwelling on the much talked about issues with this team but instead look at a few things that would be nice to see in the second half of this season.

With the 2-6 start to the year the Falcons are in a weird spot. Mike Smith and his coaching staff are battling for their lives and if they want to remain with this team they need to do one thing – win. The issue for the coaches is that this team simply doesn’t have many good players on it and regardless of what coaches you put in charge this team isn’t capable of winning a lot of games. The Falcons could probably be an 8-8 team this year if it were for some better coaching but don’t let that fool you, the only reason they could be 8-8 is because the NFC South is awful this year, it has nothing to do with the Falcons being a useful team, they aren’t.

Bearing in mind the current mindset of the coaches here are some realistic hopes for the remainder of the season: