With less than 100 days left before the start of the 2019 season and OTA’s in full swing, what realistic expectations do fans have for the Atlanta Falcons? The vocal few seem to have very unrealistic expectations.
It has now been over 100 days since the 2018 Atlanta Falcons season came to an end. We are right in the heart of the off season. It’s a time where fans start suppressing last years disappointments and start getting excited about the coming possibilities.
For most, expectations are sky high. Teams like the Browns ,who went from only winning one game in two seasons, are suddenly are division favorites for a lot of people.
Sadly, as we all know, those expectations quickly turn back to disappointment as the goal of a deep run at the postseason slips away. For Falcons fans, this cycle is all too familiar. In 2015, the team went 8-8. They followed that up by making a Super Bowl appearance in 2016. Then the 2017 season saw them make playoffs again, losing in the divisional round to the eventual Super Bowl champions. Then, last season, finish with a disappointing 7-9.
Calling it a roller-coaster for fans is an understatement. What makes it so frustrating is knowing this team has an abundance of talent on both sides of the ball. Watching them not live up to their full potential leaves fans with a sour taste and wanting more.
While wanting more is completely understandable, the realistic question has to be asked, what will be enough to satisfy fans this season? Obviously, a winning record is a must, but what’s the cutoff? Will a deep playoff run help curb the appetite or is a Super Bowl ring the only thing that will bring Falcons fans peace.
With key players like Freeman and Neal coming back from injury, this years team has high expectations. Whether or not they will live up to them is a question we will start get answers to in less than 100 days.