When you reach rock bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up. Unless, of course, you just stay at rock bottom.
That’s where Falcons fan confidence is. The number of respondents who expressed confidence in the direction of this team stayed steady at a robust 2% this week, with the only fanbases on par or lower than Atlanta in FanPulse polling now Washington (also 2%) and Tennessee (which hit 0%, down from 18% the week before). That is not good company to be in, but it’s deserved company.
The reality is that, as I’ve said before, confidence won’t return until the heady days of the offseason. It may rebound, sure—even a win over the Rams would give the fanbase a bump—but the reality is that this season has been such a disappointment that only real changes and additions are going to get the bulk of the fanbase excited again. That’s understandable, especially after the promises that followed last year’s disappointing campaign.
What’s left for a Falcons fan to do? We’ll all handle this differently, I suspect, but I’m going to try to find the bright spots in stronger Atlanta performances, in progress from young players like (hopefully) Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield, and by throwing myself into wishing every other NFC South team ill. Short of the kind of miracle that isn’t coming, it’s all we can really do.