Get your cup of coffee ready, and based on Atlanta’s outlook for this week, you can make it a double.
Things may not be better for a long time
The Falcoholic’s resident film critic doesn’t like what he saw on the screen against the Eagles. Like every M. Night Shyamalan movie in the last two decades, the Falcons are a mess and clearly cannot be easily fixed. Should we accept that, like a Shyamalan movie, we’re just burning up time until everything ends in disappointment? Woodroof recommends tempering expectations further and get prepared to wait until this team is fun again.
New players signed... and they could start
There is good news. The Falcons added some players to the practice squad and they are not bad! Honestly, the offensive line was such a mess that even below-averageness would be greatly appreciated. And below-averageness is what we get, baby! Both guards have starting experience, so look for at least one to start pushing for snaps with the 1st team. The Falcons also signed a ginormous defensive tackle with starting experience. Legitimately, any of the three have a hurdle-free route to starting.
How dare you ask me that reasonable question
We learned that Arthur Smith is going to be a bit more aggressive than prior head coaches... at least when it comes to the media. Asked what sense it made for Kyle Pitts to be on the sideline during one of the team’s two red zone appearances, we got a prickly non-answer.
“That’s a real surface-thinking narrative. Sometimes it’s as simple as a guy was tired & in the plays before. The coaching staff is in tune with who is in and not.” Falcons HC Arthur Smith to @MikeBellATL & @putemupcdukes on why Kyle Pitts was not in on the goal-line #dirtybirds— DukesandBell929 (@DukesandBell929) September 15, 2021
Pitts played 68% of the offensive snaps. If he was tired in the first quarter, I’d have some serious questions about his conditioning.
The Buccaneers are coming
David Walker continues his offense vs. defense match up series for Sunday’s game against Tompa Bay. His prediction is grim.
Speaking of the Buccaneers, Dave Choate put together everything you need to know for Sunday, including what Atlanta should (and shouldn’t) do.