Atlanta Falcons: Ricardo Allen tired of team’s disrespect

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 15: Jarvis Landry
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 15: Jarvis Landry /

After a second-straight home loss, free safety Ricardo Allen is tired of the disrespect he believes the Atlanta Falcons are showing others with their play

Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen is upset. He’s not happy that the team is now 3-2 after starting out with three-straight wins. He’s obviously not only perturbed about the losses, but how — and even where — they’ve happened.

After winning their first game in their new home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium against the Green Bay Packers, the Falcons have now lost two in a row there. Their first loss came at the hands of the Buffalo Bills and the second loss was this past weekend to the Miami Dolphins.

Also frustrating was the way they lost. Atlanta had a 17-0 lead over the Dolphins, and then surrendered 20 points while scoring zero from that point on. The frustration has spilled over, and the safety is letting it be known how he feels.

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Allen was quoted by ESPN’s Vaughn McClure as saying he feels the team is disrespecting those who count on them:

"“Losing, in general, is hard, but two times in a row at home? That’s a disrespect to ourselves. That’s a disrespect to our coaches. That’s a disrespect to our owner. That’s a disrespect to our fans. That’s a disrespect to everybody that surrounds the damn Falcons because that’s not us.”"

It’s refreshing to hear a player come out and say they feel like they’re disrespecting others with their play. At times some come off as aloof when losing as they sign jerseys and pose with the opponents your boss just paid you to beat.

Allen’s stance feels kind of old school where a player feels like it’s not just their job to play, but to win. He also is speaking up for those fans that drop their hard earned money to pay such a huge amount of cash to come watch their team play only to see them collapse.

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Hopefully the rest of the team shares the feelings of their free safety. This season isn’t over, but they have to fix some things to get it corrected.