It’s Week 16 and the Atlanta Falcons have put us on quite the roller coaster this season. In the infamous words of Dave Choate, “Being a Falcons fan is like riding a roller coaster with a terrible safety record.”
The season is all but lost, as in the previous week the Falcons lost to a then one-win Carolina Panthers team. Embarrassing. The fans are mad, not that I can blame them, and they made their voices heard in this week’s survey.
A whopping 9% of Falcons’ fans surveyed feel confident in the direction in which the team is headed. A big difference from how they felt in the first few week, nearing 90% at one point.
With that incredibly embarrassing loss, fans are not pleased with what head coach Arthur Smith has brought to the table this season. We’ve often times seen star players like Drake London, Kyle Pitts, and rookie Bijan Robinson ignored on the struggling offense. 44% of fans want Smith to be fired after the season, while 35% want Smith fired yesterday.
Do you think Arthur Smith should be fired or retained for another season?
Lastly, if things weren’t depressing enough, the Falcons made a switch at quarterback again, giving the Week 16 start to Taylor Heinicke. Desmond Ridder has been struggling for much of the season, and the Falcons have yet again made a change all but ending his time in Atlanta.
69% (nice) of those surveyed agree with the decision to bench Ridder again. Ridder has only thrown two-plus touchdowns in one single game this season, while having four interceptions over the last four games. Heinicke played in three games this season, recording three touchdowns and one interception. We shall see if Heinicke makes a difference, as the Falcons are technically still alive in the race to the playoffs.
How are you feeling about the Falcons entering Week 16?