This won’t come as a shock to anyone but historically the Atlanta Falcons have not been a good organization.
To make matters worse the Atlanta Falcons have just seven winning seasons the past thirteen years with Matt Ryan, a future Hall of Fame quarterback. First-ballot Hall of Famer Julio Jones was only a part of four of those winning seasons and was with the team for ten years.
The former coaching staff and front office should be in football prison for allowing that to happen.
Throughout the league, the Atlanta Falcons have been known as “soft” and new head coach Arthur Smith and general manager Terry Fontenot’s number one priority needs to be changing the narrative.
Although put in a tough position by the previous regime, the Atlanta Falcons are in a tough position cap-wise and have little room for error or moves. They need to look at Atlanta Hawks Trae Young as a way of how to change that narrative.
Atlanta Falcons have to change how they scout, draft and recruit
Like the Falcons, the Atlanta Hawks have historically been one of the worst teams in the NBA. The run to the Eastern Conference finals by the Atlanta Hawks was in large part due to Trae Young’s performance and tough mentality.
Many members of the media have pegged Trae Young as being a “villain” and instead of folding he embraces the role and has had incredible performances in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Young has broken the hearts of 76ers, and Knicks fans and embraces the hate and uses it as fuel on the court.
The Atlanta Falcons need to have that mentality on their team.
The best way the Falcons can start developing this trait is to start recruiting and drafting guys that have that natural trait – it cannot be coached or developed, guys just have to have it. The “Falcons filter” may have something to do with staying away from guys like this, but Trae has proven you don’t have to be a jerk to love competing on the big stage.
If the Atlanta Falcons defense is ever going to be elite and play with more swagger on the field, they better find Atlanta Falcons that have this trait and can change the narrative of the team.