This thing is really getting old. Our hometown Atlanta Falcons take another loss at the hands of the Detroit Lions by the score of 22-21 across the pond in London, England. It was a crushing loss because the Falcons had a 21-0 Halftime lead and squandered it with a combination of miscues, bad coaching, and lack of defensive stops in the 2nd half. Instead of the same old reaction to this loss, I would like to think of possible solutions to this problem.
Head Coach Mike Smith has always been a pretty cool customer. Even after a loss he discusses “the process” that this franchise has and how we should let it play out although no one is quite sure what it is. General Manager Thomas Dimitroff always speaks of players with “versatility” that play Falcons’ Football but we are not quite sure what that is either. With a repeat of the exact same record at this time last season, let me express what the possible outcome may be……EVERYONE GONE!
I personally think that Smith has done a admirable job considering what talent he has been given. In my continued Twitter beefing with fans and pundits alike, I give more blame to Dimitroff than Smith although ultimately he may be the only scapegoat for now. I find it incredibly hard to believe that Smith forgot how to coach in the last two seasons. I also refuse to believe that a man that coached in some capacity under two great defenses in Baltimore & Jacksonville at the time does not have more insight into what it takes to build one. I sincerely believe that this philosophy was in part reactionary and the day that the mandate was given that this team become more “explosive” this spelled the end of Smith philosophically.
There are some teams that were and are offensive juggernauts that have continued success; The Indianapolis Colts under Peyton Manning and the New England Patriots come to mind. However, when I look at a tried and true formula, teams that can rush the passer and make stops on 3rd down, can run the football in timely situations, and can get the ball downfield have proven able to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the year or at least be in contention. I believe too much hoping that players can “pan out” for the Atlanta Falcons has occurred and their inability to master the National Football League Salary Cap Game in balancing talent with the right price has cost the franchise big.
So where do the Atlanta Falcons go from here? It would not surprise me at all the Owner Arthur Blank fired Mike Smith during this bye week, however he has never shown the quick trigger for a coach. Both Smith and Dimitroff were on one year deals so obviously his patience was wearing thin but is this loss enough to put the “nail in the coffin” for one or both of them. At any rate these next two weeks will be interesting for the franchise.
Jamie Walker is a Producer and Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. Follow Walker on Twitter @coachjdub21 or through email at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com.