The Atlanta Falcons didn’t do a lot to reward fan confidence during a brutal 2018 season. They got hurt, they played poorly, and they ultimately turned in a disappointing year that saw the team clear out three coordinators and make a raft of changes.
Those changes included adding help to the offensive line, bulking up along the defensive line, and bringing in new coaches and staff. Apparently that was all enough to convince fans that the Falcons are going places, because fan confidence as measured by our FanPulse polling skyrocketed by a full 25 percentage points.
At the end of the 2018 season, just 33% of fans felt good about the direction of the team. After the draft, it was up to 56%. Today, it stands at 81%, which is almost certainly a product of how good and healthy the team has looked this summer, minus injuries (Kurt Benkert, J.J. Wilcox) and the typical preseason hiccups.
We’ll measure this again in the early going of the season, but certainly I hope the confidence is warranted. How are you feeling about the direction of the team?