Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has endured some tough times as the team’s most dangerous offensive player. He’s enjoyed the thrill of an NFC Championship and he’s endured disappointing seasons where the Falcons didn’t sniff the playoffs. In short, because he’s such a valued member of this franchise, Julio gets the benefit of the doubt. If he so chose, he’d get zero flack for ignoring the Steve Sarkisian situation entirely. He could just go about his business and keep playing until the Falcons fix the problem. Sooner or later, the ship will get righted. Instead, Julio is going out of his way to back up Sarkisian. (This is what Vaughn McClure was able to pull out Julio during a brief interview earlier today.)
“When things are going bad, it’s easy to point the finger at this person and that person. It’s on all of us. We take it upon ourselves to fix it. I feel like Sark’s been doing a great job for us ... we just gotta go out there and execute.”
I find this interesting because unlike the two random players that told a Sports Illustrated writer yesterday that Sarkisian’s offense is disorganized, Julio is going out of his way to back up his offensive coordinator. Either he’s got Stockholm Syndrome or Julio and others really believe this comes down to execution. I suppose it’s also possible that he’s just a solid teammate and he doesn’t want to stir up drama unnecessarily. If I had to guess, it’s a combination of all three. Your thoughts?