I sit here mulling over the Atlanta Falcons 2011 season so far, and I realize that I have this unwavering feeling that something "BIG" is about to happen (or maybe I hope). Whether that something big is that the Falcons level of play will suddenly resemble the 2010 season starting this Sunday against the Panthers (not likely), or that the "something big" is that there will be a coaching (OC/DC) change, or a play-calling duty responsibilities change in the coming weeks if the level of play stays the same (more likely). I'm leaning towards the latter.
If many of you out there are like me, being a Falcons fan, whether a new or old fan, is similar to experiencing bouts of Euphoria at times, but more often, times of feeling like you're having Cardiac Arrest. When my Falcons lose, I believe it comes very close to affecting my health (or so it feels). However, combine losing with the fact that you KNOW we are capable of being a great team, but we STILL not only lose, but we under-perform to a level of utter embarrasment! I become INFURIATED! My passion for this team is un-mistakable. My friends know to leave me to myself when we suffer a lose for a while. Not just because we lost, but because we lost and I'm so passionate about the team to the point of needing to check my blood pressure (not really). I critique every aspect of the game that was, and when we seem to see the same old mistakes, the same old schemes and the lack of intensity as a whole, it drives me insane.
So then now there's the latest article by Jeff Shultz I read yesterday. An article that highlighted an interview he had with our OC, Mike Mularkey. After reading that article, many of you, as well as myself, came away with the feeling of "nothing is gonna change". I now see that the reason that we (as fans) haven't seen a more "explosive" offense is because Mularkey believes we, the fans, aren't "seeing" it, but the plays are there. They're just not being executed right by the players. Well Mike, if we, the fans (and our 2-3 record), aren't "seeing" it right, then enlighten us. To add salt to the wound folks, my guess is if Mike Mularkey feels this way about our offense and the fact that we haven't seen, nor or we likely to see, a change in offensive scheme, what do you believe the odds are the Brian VanGorder believes we aren't "seeing" our defensive scheme right either? Your thoughts.
Here's a link to the article by Jeff Shultz.
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