Much of my dismay with the Falcons' 2011 season was their inability or (worse) unwillingness to adjust.
I say "worse" because the NFL in every aspect is adjustments. New draft each year, adjusting personnel, new game plan each week, preparing for a new opponent, adjusting at halftimes, after seeing what you're up against, and finally audibles at the line of scrimmage during plays.
See Bill Billichick. He is all about adjusting and it seems to work for him.
Falcons' management has adjusted, in a big way with coaching and it is fair to assume they will make personnel changes, based on the quick and decisive moves since the Giants' playoff debacle.
That is what this fan needed to see, self critique, a willingness to admit the wrong, and an insistence that their organization will learn how to be champions, no matter how painful or embarrassing.
The very fact they have brought in new coordinators, and especially Nolan, who has name recognition (and could "challenge" Coach Smith's ego) says they are serious and are trying.
I think they will get us to the promised land, in time. If Dimitroff and Smith has stood pat, saying "we just need to better execute the ground and pound, and practice the soft zone more" then I would be giving up.
They haven't and they are adjusting.
Finally, the Jones' acquisition says one thing to me because I am still nervous; Dimitroff will take chances and I see that as a positive in the big picture.
Hopefully, the Falcons will go get beef on both lines, and with the schematic changes and aggressive off season personnel moves, we will see a team at the next level of game day adjustments and performance.
They are trying, they are changing and they have earned my admiration.
Good job guys, now adjust, adjust and when it is not necessary pretend to adjust and out fox and out play the other teams.