A missed out on additional point expense Atlanta a possibility at overtime versus Arizona today, and the loss brings into full clarity simply how pronounced the Falcons’ issues are right now.
In a post-game interview Sunday, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stated he informed the group, after an unexpected loss to the Cardinals, “You can put whatever into it still understanding that you could get your heart broken.”
He was referencing a question about Matt Bryant’s muffed extra point with under 2 minutes to play that ended up costing Atlanta a prospective opportunity at overtime, though it could properly sum up Quinn’s time with the Falcons well.
We have actually concerned a tipping point in his period here, simply 3 years after they reached the Super Bowl, where the possibility of a mid-season coaching modification has gone from absurd, to a fringe believed to what might be a sneaking inevitability if their slide reaches brand-new depths in the coming weeks. Prior To Thanksgiving, Atlanta still has to play the Rams, Seattle, the Saints (probably with Drew Brees) and the rolling Panthers (perhaps with Web cam Newton). It would take a herculean effort to get them back to.500.
They are one of the most underperforming rosters in football right now. An enigma that can not be explained by injuries alone.
I am not a fan of mid-season training modifications unless a team has both an apparent on-staff candidate they want to evaluate for a prolonged amount of time and are threadbare enough in the lineup department that they would require an extra quantity of time to charm potential candidates throughout the winter cycle. Unless Atlanta is, state, legitimately thinking about providing Raheem Morris a chance to win the gig, Quinn has made the right to end up out the 2019 season and conserve himself. The lineup would have candidates lining up this offseason should they make a change.
However, as Quinn told his players on Sunday, there’s no warranty the Falcons won’t continue to get their heart broken. Atlanta has bounced from one cosmic minute of improbability to the next throughout Quinn’s tenure, though anybody who has actually visited the center there or seen Quinn coach a practice or talked with a prominent Falcons player knows it’s not for absence of effort. Quinn did his finest to reconfigure this team emotionally in the weeks, months and years following among the most spectacular defeats in Super Bowl history. This is not to suggest that the loss is still remaining, only that they have not truly looked the exact same considering that.
Next season Matt Ryan will be 35 and Julio Jones will be 31, and as heartbreaking as it might be to start the separation procedure with a great head coach who pressed the franchise in the ideal direction, it would be a lot more hard to comprehend not reaching another Super Bowl when both remain in their athletic prime.
Possibly the pendulum of improbability swings the other method for Quinn and the Falcons, and they emerge from this stretch as the team we all predicted them to be. It might not be over, however there’s no doubt it’s getting late.