Overreaction Monday after the Atlanta Falcons week one loss


For a team with Super Bowl caliber talent like the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday’s 28-12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings was beyond disappointing. It was less than ideal and rather deflating.

That’s not the performance you expected from the Atlanta Falcons when they had five months to prepare for a team. So, let’s overreact

Dan Quinn, you’re on the hot seat. Getting rid of both coordinators and deciding to take over defensive play calling, getting consistently gashed and giving up 28 points to start the season isn’t what you wanted. In fact, parts of the game had you wondering, where’s Marquand Manuel.

Forget opening on the road and a hostile environment, these are professionals. Quinn has called plays before and the bottom line is team wasn’t ready. They looked outcoached, unable to make adjustments, and after getting punched in the mouth on the first couple of drives, the defense didn’t respond.

The team seemed to lack any sense of identity. The offensive line struggled, the special teams line gave up a blocked punt, oh and Vic Beasley, you guessed it sackless. In fact, he had a chance for one and let Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins slip through his hands.

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Which is the next overreaction, this is Beasley’s last season in a Falcons uniform. He’s getting paid some $13 million and fails to make plays on a consistent basis. Athletic defensive ends will always get more chances than they deserve and he has that going for him, but as far as Atlanta’s purposes. It’s time for them to move on. /

And right now, Devonta Freeman is looking like a pretty big bust. The man mustard all of 19 yards on eight carries. What? After missing most of last year due to injuries, you carry the ball for what amounts to less than two first downs? He’s got to be better.


Next. Second look: Grading the Atlanta Falcons versus Minnesota Vikings. dark

The good news, it’s just week one. And after this performance, it can only get better from here. Right?