I don’t need to tell you that human beings can fail in creative and spectacular ways. We all know dozens or even hundreds of people who have.
Another thing about humans, though, in case you’re wondering where I’m going with this. They’re mighty resilient, and even people dealt lousy hands can often hang in despite the odds. That brings us to the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons just failed on the biggest stage imaginable, and we’ve seen countless teams struggle to get back to the Super Bowl a year after losing it. Some of that is just the difficulty of returning, but some of it is bouncing back from one of the most crushing losses possible in sports.
These Falcons are resilient, though, and Adam Schein captures something in the piece (which I meant to write about sooner) I linked above. He believes in these Falcons because they’re simply too talented to fall short, but also because this is not a team that lacks for motivation or togetherness. We’ve heard Dan Quinn’s mantra and the rookies talking about being a part of the Brotherhood already, and we know that message is getting home. None of this guarantees a return ticket to the Super Bowl, obviously, but this team feels well-equipped to make a run.
Talent will carry the day for the Falcons, but you should believe in them because they believe in themselves. That sounds corny, but it’s worth something to me.