The Falcons hunkered down over the bye week, took a hard look at what got the team to this point, and made some changes. Those changes were not as sweeping as I think some Falcons fans were hoping, and thus the fan confidence level held pretty steady, dropping a single percentage point this week.
What did the Falcons do? They moved Raheem Morris back to the defensive side of the ball (a good, if belated move), moved Bernie Parmalee and Dave Brock to running backs and wide receivers coaching positions, and signed the likes of Younghoe Koo at kicker, Ryan Allen at punter, and Brandon Powell at receiver, a position the Falcons now have something like eight guys at. If you look at that and think those moves don’t move the needle, well, you’re not alone.
The messaging about this being a whole new season—Dan Quinn’s words, not mine—is all well and good, and I don’t doubt the second half of the season will be better than the first. It’s just that it’s too late to salvage the entire 16 game season, given that the 1-7 record almost certainly precludes the Falcons from a playoff berth and the schedule isn’t getting any easier. Falcons fans are all too aware of that, and no amount of cornerback whispering from Raheem Morris or 5 WR sets with Olamide Zaccheaus, Christian Blake, and Brandon Powell is going to thaw our icy hearts.
So 4% fan confidence it is for another week. Let’s see if they can beat the Saints and at least make us happy for a week.