My thoughts, response to Atlanta being dubbed the NFC’s best team:
First things first, let’s give these “Dirty Birds” some props, they’ve earned it. Let’s give them the respect they deserve, kudos they are due; especially the man calling the shots on the sidelines. Mike Smith is an outstanding head coach. No question about it. Excellent since the day he walked in. He and “Matty, all he does is win, Ice” have been remarkable helping turnaround this franchise post-Michael Vick.
Balance. Exactly precise. One word to describe these Dirty Birds is just that, balance.
“Subject to Change” this describe the Falcons fortunes, otherwise known as “luck” to some. However, it’s not all luck, this team is solid.
Also, no mention of Curtis Lofton?
When mentioning the defense, he’s the first guy that comes to mind. He stands out above the rest. When I think about defense in Atlanta, I think about Lofton. Why no love for the former Oklahoma Sooner? No talk about this future perennial Pro Bowl LB? Staggering. Rising defensive star in the NFC, this is what you are a shooting star, Curtis.
All in all, still not buying into this team as the best in the NFC. Give me the three top NFC East clubs, Chicago, Green Bay, and the defending NFC South champs and Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Plus, there’s still time for both Minnesota and Dallas to rebound. Although, the recovery process is uncertain; how long will it take?
I’m not going as far to say they are a “fluke” or a “pretender”, but I will say this, they are not a lock for the Playoffs just yet and they have not cemented their “contender” status. Their status is: “TBD”, To Be Determined. Let me remind you that, and assure you they will not go in, if they do, easily. And if they do make the Playoffs, who says they are going to advance past the first round/game? Furthermore, I still don’t see what’s so impressive about this team, therefore, I cannot buy into the “best team in the NFC” hype just yet. It’s a bit premature. Can you tell me otherwise?
With that said, three things I know: 1. Lots of football still to be played. 2. A lot could change from here to now; injuries, streaks, unfortunate bounces, ect. 3. Divisional games still remain. Key games, pivotal match-ups.
The Falcons have proven me wrong so far and surprised me through five weeks, but again it’s still only five weeks. As much as they have proven to me they are a, once again, a “solid” team, I still believe they have much more to prove to me, the NFC, and the rest of the NFL. Fact still abounds, they have yet to win a playoff game post-Vick era. The truth hurts. Can you handle it Falcons fans? Have at it.
My ultimate response concerning the Falcons: “Don’t Believe the Hype”