Another Example Of How Far The Atlanta Falcons Have Come

The face of an owner who cares about winning. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

You've heard this spiel from me a million times, so let's run through the short version of it.

Bad times in 2007. How could the Falcons recover? Boom! They did. Great year in 2008. Injuries hurt 2009, still good year. 2010 was a thing of beauty. All because of smart drafting, smart coaching and excellent play. It's the golden standard of how to turn your team around in a single season.

Now fans of other teams are openly discussing it, trying to find a fit. If you needed any more evidence that the Falcons have arrived on the scene, look no further than that Cincy Jungle link, where Josh Kirkendall muses about whether his beloved Bengals could do the same thing.

The situations are vastly different. The Falcons had no quarterback, shambles seemingly everywhere on the roster and an owner who had become wise in a very short time. The Bengals have more existing talent on the team, but a lot of unhappy players and one of the most infamously bumbling owners in the NFL.

It's a sign of how the Falcons have arrived that Cincy Jungle can look to them as a shining example, even if it's virtually impossible for most teams to duplicate. I do wish the Bengals luck.

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