Falcons win, Saints lose
Falcons win, Saints win
Falcons lose, Saints lose
Falcons lose, Saints win
I'm not going to keep blaming assistants if I keep seeing the same results year after year. Using my baseball analogy again: A large segment of Braves fans (who are actually Bobby Cox apologists) used to trash the team's hitting coaches for YEARS, blaming those guys for the team's offense going cold year after year in the postseason... and despite the Braves running through different hitting coaches, we kept seeing the same results.
Eventually fans just have to quit making excuses and looking for scapegoats, and accept that the culture around the team is what is wrong, and that starts with the leadership. If you've ever played an organized sport, you know the head coach (and best player) will almost always set the tone for everything in that locker room. That's why some teams stay on top no matter who else enters and exits, and why other teams cannot "take the next step" no matter how many OTHER changes they make.
Last edited by Bravo95; 12-11-2012 at 03:47 PM.
Wow this is an eye opening thread. We have the best Falcons team that has ever been assembled, 11-2 with a chance to clinch home field for the playoffs, a battle ready QB that has taken the next step, an electric offense and great playcalling coordinators on both sides of the team... and you are yelling "fire the coaches" after one loss to a meaningless game and meaningless team?
I'm sure the fans were yelling for Belichick to be fired after they lost to the Cardinals earlier this year. Or to fire Harbaugh on San Fran after losing a game to the Rams. Or to fire Kubiac on Houston because he lost yesterday.
Lets take yourself off the ledge, step back and realize we aren't the Titans or Panthers or Chiefs... we are 11-2 and in for a huge playoff run. I'm gonna take down the names of all these "fans" talking crap on this team and coaching staff, and when we go deep in the playoffs this year I'll be here to remind you that you had no faith. smh
Last edited by FalconsNation02; 12-11-2012 at 04:00 PM.
The Saints are another relevant analogy. Their playcalling is still top notch but without Payton they are struggling. Norv Turner is another. No one denies he is one of the best playcallers and offensive minds but he is not a head coach in terms of motivation and preparation. I like the Cox analogy, just pointing out football ones
If we get embarrassed in the playoffs again then Smith needs to be told that he has one more chance. If we lose a close 1st round match-up he needs to be put on the hot seat. Of course, all IMO. Blank may not be so nice.
I think Dimitroff stays. I'm not a fan of GM=Coach. They work closely but if one is performing better than the other then there is no reason you cannot get rid of one.
Last edited by FalconsNation02; 12-11-2012 at 04:23 PM.
Respect your opinion, but I disagree. The 1998 team went 14-2 but was just on another level for 3 simple reasons.Originally Posted by FalconsNation02
1. Dan Reeves: A no-nonsense head coach, who didn't put up with the silliness that we see Smith allow on this current team (look at how the Ray Edwards situation was handled).
2. Jamal Anderson: We can say a lot of things about him, but the bottom line is Jam was a grinder on that field, not a tailback who tip-toes. Turner's age is part of the problem, but Anderson's physical running style gave the '98 Falcons an actual identity on offense, while the current team is still trying to figure out what they want to be.
3. Jessie Tuggle and that Front 7: Tuggle was a pro's pro and the unquestioned leader of those late '90s Falcons. The front seven wasn't filled with big names but they were TOUGH in all areas and didn't rely on just one guy (Abe) to make all the plays. Rich Brooks was the DC back then and I say he and Nolan are on the same level, but comparing the talent and toughness in that front seven to the one we have today? Not even close.
Last edited by Bravo95; 12-11-2012 at 04:24 PM.
Also, I'm not doubting that the Falcons can go on a run, I've been proven wrong before. But what I AM saying is, for that playoff run to happen, this team will have to show me something that I have yet to see over the last 5 years: A killer instinct... specifically against great teams. We've seen it with teams like the Pats and Saints, they HAMMER teams and embarrass them when the opportunity is there. When have you seen that from the Falcons under this regime? Again, it CAN happen... I'm just waiting for a sign, any sign, that it WILL happen.
But you're right, the only person who could convince me TD should be fired is TD if he messes up big time.