The Atlanta Falcons expect to bounce back from a terrible 7-9 campaign in 2018. That marked just the third time in the Matt Ryan era that the Falcons failed to hit the .500 mark.
Winners do things losers wont and champions do things that winners’ wont. This is the mindset of the Atlanta Falcons in 2019. It must be if they are going to win the franchises first ever Super Bowl and erase the demons from years past.
Being a champion is mindset. Putting in the grind every day at the level takes a toll both mentally and physically. The majority of this team was here in 2016 when they fell short in Super Bowl 51 and understands what it takes to play a violent physical game for 25 weeks a year.
Despite the two staff overhauls since 2016, Dan Quinn has this team believing that they have what it takes to lift the Lombardi Trophy in next February. Matt Ryan fully expects to lead this team to the destination. Hopefully then, Matt will finally get the respect he deserves.
Bringing back a veteran like Adrian Clayborn, who not only appeared in the 2016 Super Bowl but helped New England win one in 2018, will be invaluable to the young players on defense. They will be able to lean on his guidance as they approach every week and the focus that it will take in order to finish what they started a few seasons ago.
ESPN’s Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure reported this week on ESPN.com that Matt Ryan seems to have a lot of swagger as the team is a month away from reporting to training camp.
"“The group of guys that we have, we have a locker room of competitive, hardworking, unselfish people, and I think it’s the people in our building that give us a great chance to get back and obviously hopefully win a Super Bowl,” Ryan said."
A lot will happen between now and February. However, three years ago when Matt stated this team could average 30 points per game and no one listened, it would be smart for us to pay attention to what Matt is saying in 2019