The Atlanta Falcons continue their unacceptable play
It’s time for the Atlanta Falcons to decide what and who they’re playing for. The team dropped it’s sixth straight game against the Seattle Seahawks.
What’s the one positive for the Atlanta Falcons? They have a bye week next week and that means they can’t lose a game seven weeks in a row. Fans at least get a quick break.
Atlanta has struggled to find its identity all season. Perhaps we shouldn’t be as surprised considering the team’s preseason performance. But Atlanta still has no idea the type of team they want to and should be.
Dan Quinn says they want to compete. Well, doesn’t every team? The Falcons struggle to run the ball and massive first-half deficits have prevented them from being able to do so consistently throughout the game. In fact, the one thing they have done well is falling behind early and mount a somewhat comeback, only to continuously fall short.
All week leading up to the game against Seattle, players didn’t blame coach Quinn. They pointed the finger at themselves. That it’s on them to execute, that coaches are preparing them well and that they have great weeks at practice.
But Quinn’s future is on the line and the team’s play hasn’t backed up their words that they are fighting for their coach. In fact, it’s done the opposite. On the defensive side of the ballplayers look out of position- borderline confused and sometimes disinterested.
Seattle’s loss should be the final nail in the coffin for Quinn’s time at the helm. Many people have wondered, what does moving on from him in the middle of the season do? It sets a direction.
It signals to the team that mediocre play won’t be acceptable and that a new regime is upon us. The Falcons need to decide are they going to keep meddling under a guy that’s been here for years or are they going to move on.
Playing for pride is meaningless in the NFL. That doesn’t get you in the postseason. And the Falcons chances to even play spoiler are running thin. Since the Falcons coaching staff can’t decide what this team should look like, it’s time for Arthur Blank too.
Make a decision, fire the current coach, and start preparing for the future. Because the current product on the field each Sunday is unacceptable.