Atlanta Falcons: Arthur Smith’s ‘over .500 curse’ continues to live on
The Atlanta Falcons hired Arthur Smith during the 2021 NFL offseason and I think we can all agree that he is guiding this team in the right direction.
With that being said, he continues to have a curse of not being able to break through and have a winning record for a week. He had another opportunity on Sunday but his team, once again, failed to get over the mark.
Atlanta Falcons and Arthur Smith continue their ≤.500 curse
The Atlanta Falcons have been fighting this year and have proven a lot of critics wrong by winning more games in half a season than they expected them to win over the entire season.
The issue is that the fight of this team has still not been enough to get the Falcons to a winning record for at least a few days. It isn’t like they haven’t had their opportunities. They had yet another one on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers but fumbled the game away.
The easiest way to have more wins than losses for a measly week in the NFL, is to simply win the first game of the year and the Falcons had every opportunity to do that this year but blew a late lead to their fierce rival New Orleans Saints.
In Arthur Smith’s first game as a head coach, his team came out flatter than Kansas, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in what was their head coach Nick Sirianni’s debut as well.
The last time the Atlanta Falcons even had a winning record was all the way back in 2017 when they made the playoffs, so admittedly, this curse extends far beyond Arthur Smith.
It still doesn’t cover up the fact that Smith is now 0-7 in games where he can secure a winning record, which is a little worrisome. If he wants to break the streak ASAP, then it will take a win against the Panthers on Thursday Night Football, followed by a win over the Chicago Bears at home.
Nonetheless, it can’t overshadow the simple fact that Arthur Smith has this team heading in the right direction and he will guide them to a lot of wins during his head coaching career, no doubt about it.