We’re literally hours away from the first game of the year, and it’s been fascinating to see how our Falcoholic FanPulse results have evolved over the last nine months or so.
At the end of the 2018 season, something like a third of fans were feeling good about the direction of the team. They were looking at a decimated team that was on the cusp of firing three coordinators, and confidence returned slowly but inevitably over the course of a long, mostly positive summer. Today, 88% of the hundreds of fans we poll say they do feel confident in the direction of the team, and these results were compiled before Julio Jones got his new long-term deal.
The fanbase is an optimistic bunch at the moment, is what I’m getting at.
Why so optimistic? I think offseason improvements, the re-signing of Matt Bryant, and a sense that the team is as good talent-wise as it has been for a bit have conspired to make fans feel good about the Falcons. The question is whether that confidence could survive a Week 1 setback against the Vikings, and for that, we simply have to wait.