Greetings Falcoholics, I’m back with another Fan Spotlight to highlight a fellow Falcons fan for the week.
This week’s Fan Spotlight is on Steve Cohen. In the past, Steve was an occasional contributor to The Falcoholic, so you may have read his content before. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two kids who he’s also raising to be Atlanta Falcons fans. Without further ado, let’s get to know Steve.
Favorite Falcons player of all-time?
Tough one. I’m going to say it’s a tie between Rod Coleman and Roddy White. I loved watching Coleman each snap because he simply had a knack for blowing up passing plays. And Roddy in his prime was just so smooth and reliable picking up first down after first down.
How did you become a Falcons fan?
The year was 1991, I was 10 years old, and the New York teams at the time (coached by Ray Handley and Bruce Coslett) were playing some putrid, very boring football. So, the flash of Deion Sanders and Andre Rison and the run-and-shoot offense down in Atlanta provided a nice contrast and excited me. After the Billie Joe Tolliver-to-Michael Haynes miracle Hail Mary, I was all-in on the Falcons.
Thoughts on the 2018 season?
Obviously, it was a disappointing season. I watched two games in-person: the home game against the New Orleans Saints and the away game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Walking out of the stadium after both games, the feeling in the air was that 2018 quite simply wasn’t the Falcons’ year.
What’re your thoughts on the Falcons releasing Matt Bryant?
The highlight of my Falcons fandom was being there in person to watch Matt Bryant kick that game-winner against the Seattle Seahawks back in 2013. I’ve grown very attached to Bryant over the years. But once the team kept Giorgio Tavecchio on the roster late in the year, I had a sense that this move might be coming. I wish Matt the best and I’ll always remember him as the best kicker in Atlanta Falcons history, even if some other guy is in the Hall of Fame.
What’s the biggest Falcons draft need in your opinion?
I’m tempted to say pass-rusher simply because the team doesn’t have any depth there at the moment, and Vic Beasley just does not look like he’s going to ever fully develop in the way we all initially hoped he would.
Well folks, that does it for this weeks’ Fan Spotlight. A special thank you to Steve Cohen for sharing his thoughts on the state of the franchise with us. If you’d like to connect with Steve, you can find him on Twitter at @SteveInBrooklyn, where he’s good for an occasional take. Also, if you live in the Brooklyn area, Steve’s wife is currently running for Civil Court Judge. As always, if you want to be the next ‘Fan Spotlight’ or know of someone who deserves to be, let me know on Twitter where you can find me at @EvanBirchfield. Thanks for reading Falcoholics, and GO FALCONS!