Now that the smoke has cleared and people have gotten the news they so dreaded, where will the Atlanta Falcons go from here? A season so filled with promise, expectations were through the roof, and now this team “limps” into the bye week with a record of 1-4. After the Monday night loss to the New York Jets in the last seconds of the contest, thoughts were that it could not possibly get any worse; WE ALL THOUGHT WRONG! News broke of Julio Jones, star wide receiver for the Falcons possibly suffering a season-ending foot injury and would have a 2nd opinion in North Carolina. That 2nd opinion has revealed that Jones has a fractured foot and would require a close to a very promising season. So along with a 1-4 record, the star player of the team is lost for the season, joining the likes of Kroy Biermann and Bradie Ewing. The phone lines on all shows of Sports Radio 92.9 The Game were full of fans needing to be talked down from the proverbial ledge and it did not help that the Atlanta Braves were eliminated from the playoffs too.
There is not much optimism with the Atlanta Falcons right now. Fan reaction was expected to be extreme however, some went to epic proportions. Fan reaction has varied, calling for such things as the firing of Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff, the trading of Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez, and some even called for the acquisitions of Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Richard Seymour, and Shawne Merriman. As incredibly entertaining as I think the “three-ring” circus of some of those players would be, as I have always stated about this team; they have a philosophy, they have a process. I do however think that the once promising vision for this team is SEVERELY compromised and another direction may be needed. Mike Smith has alluded that the team not wavered from the way it conducts business and that it is a “next man up” philosophy. While that cliche’ is nice in theory, this team has been decimated by injury and worse I the configuration of this roster cannot hide the deficiencies in no way, shape, or form. The roster was already “suspect” at full strength with the losses of key figures from the 2012-13 campaign but now that the supposed 2nd coming of the “Greatest Show on Turf” is short of the aerial display, what approach will this team take? My suggestion is that they look hard in the mirror and be realistic in all arenas of the team. The philosophy of the team must change at least some. Make no mistake, the front office and coaching staff for the Atlanta Falcons have done a tremendous job in building a successful franchise but the underdeveloped areas of this team are rearing its ugly head.
Jamie Walker is a Producer/Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. You can follow him on Twitter @coachjdub21 or on Facebook at J. Walker Sports Media Services.