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Obviously there's a bit of discontent here on the forums and within the falcons fan base. Infighting and heckling about our weak support system and lack of "backbone" as fans has always come into question, but is it really our faults? No, and here's why.

Attitude.

Attitude starts at the top. It starts in the head office, extends itself into the coach, rubs off on the players, and eventually affects the fanbase.

The reason why we don't think Atlanta can win is because they don't believe they can. You can see it in every performance and after every loss. Oh sure, Julio can SAY that they believe they're the best and he himself might actually believe it, but does every player on the roster feel that way? Do they play that way? Certainly not.

Take a look at the real winners. Brady. Peyton. Bilichick. Tomlin. Does anyone ever question their will to win? Never.

Now take a look at Mike Smith. Matt Ryan. The Falcons as a whole.

With all the talent we've got this is really inexcusable. Squeaking by sub par teams. Losing to good ones. In doubt about teams that are in transition. Inexcusable.

It starts with attitude. The reason we act the way we do is a direct product of the attitude this team put on display. In my eyes, they just don't seem to want it that bad. They say they do, but don't play 4 quarters and prove it.

Season isn't over, but it will be if the attitude and fire doesn't return to this team.

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Obviously there's a bit of discontent here on the forums and within the falcons fan base. Infighting and heckling about our weak support system and lack of "backbone" as fans has always come into question, but is it really our faults? No, and here's why.

Attitude.

Attitude starts at the top. It starts in the head office, extends itself into the coach, rubs off on the players, and eventually affects the fanbase.

The reason why we don't think Atlanta can win is because they don't believe they can. You can see it in every performance and after every loss. Oh sure, Julio can SAY that they believe they're the best and he himself might actually believe it, but does every player on the roster feel that way? Do they play that way? Certainly not.

Take a look at the real winners. Brady. Peyton. Bilichick. Tomlin. Does anyone ever question their will to win? Never.

Now take a look at Mike Smith. Matt Ryan. The Falcons as a whole.

With all the talent we've got this is really inexcusable. Squeaking by sub par teams. Losing to good ones. In doubt about teams that are in transition. Inexcusable.

It starts with attitude. The reason we act the way we do is a direct product of the attitude this team put on display. In my eyes, they just don't seem to want it that bad. They say they do, but don't play 4 quarters and prove it.

Season isn't over, but it will be if the attitude and fire doesn't return to this team.

Anyone who questions Matt Ryan's attitude and "will to win" has either not been watching the games over the past 5 years or is just simply so torqued over yesterday's game that they are making s**t up. Either way, of all the players on this team, I would say that MR is the last person whose will to win is questionable.

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Obviously there's a bit of discontent here on the forums and within the falcons fan base. Infighting and heckling about our weak support system and lack of "backbone" as fans has always come into question, but is it really our faults? No, and here's why.

Attitude.

Attitude starts at the top. It starts in the head office, extends itself into the coach, rubs off on the players, and eventually affects the fanbase.

The reason why we don't think Atlanta can win is because they don't believe they can. You can see it in every performance and after every loss. Oh sure, Julio can SAY that they believe they're the best and he himself might actually believe it, but does every player on the roster feel that way? Do they play that way? Certainly not.

Take a look at the real winners. Brady. Peyton. Bilichick. Tomlin. Does anyone ever question their will to win? Never.

Now take a look at Mike Smith. Matt Ryan. The Falcons as a whole.

With all the talent we've got this is really inexcusable. Squeaking by sub par teams. Losing to good ones. In doubt about teams that are in transition. Inexcusable.

It starts with attitude. The reason we act the way we do is a direct product of the attitude this team put on display. In my eyes, they just don't seem to want it that bad. They say they do, but don't play 4 quarters and prove it.

Season isn't over, but it will be if the attitude and fire doesn't return to this team.

Your right about a few things here like the "Season isn't over" but it sure feels like it. And after going to look at our schedule its going to be very hard to make the playoffs. We should have been using these games against AFC teams as tune ups before the break because after the break Its all NFC games with 1 AFC game for the rest of the year (10 NFC game with 1 AFC games). This is a bad position for Coach Smith and the Falcons. We will know after Week 10 against Seattle if we have a shot at making the playoffs. This is why we have such a crazy fan base. We have struggled for so many years and when we had a chance to make it to the Superbowl (which would have only been the 2nd time in team history) it was a major let down when the Falcons choked away a lead to the 49ers! Mike Smith will be lucky to finish the year if this team does not make it too the playoffs.
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Anyone who questions Matt Ryan's attitude and "will to win" has either not been watching the games over the past 5 years or is just simply so torqued over yesterday's game that they are making s**t up. Either way, of all the players on this team, I would say that MR is the last person whose will to win is questionable.

Not necessarily saying he doesn't have the will to win, but the ho-hum, get em next time attitude Mike Smith carries will definitely have an effect on him, if it doesn't already.

Your right about a few things here like the "Season isn't over" but it sure feels like it. And after going to look at our schedule its going to be very hard to make the playoffs. We should have been using these games against AFC teams as tune ups before the break because after the break Its all NFC games with 1 AFC game for the rest of the year (10 NFC game with 1 AFC games). This is a bad position for Coach Smith and the Falcons. We will know after Week 10 against Seattle if we have a shot at making the playoffs. This is why we have such a crazy fan base. We have struggled for so many years and when we had a chance to make it to the Superbowl (which would have only been the 2nd time in team history) it was a major let down when the Falcons choked away a lead to the 49ers! Mike Smith will be lucky to finish the year if this team does not make it too the playoffs.

It will be very difficult indeed. I already knew going in that this season wasn't going to be a cakewalk like last year. Things change from year to year. Teams that adapt move forward and the ones that don't, well, dont. That's what I think we're seeing here.

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There is a limited amount of time for a good team to make it to the championship level and win the big game. This is especially true in the NFL where parity is built in to every aspect of drafting players and making up season schedules. Salary cap considerations also play an increasingly significant role in seeing a yearly redistribution of the league's best athletes. Ironically, when one team has managed to put together a bunch of super-star players, the resultant increase in their worth makes it impossible for that team to pay them all and the talent is diluted and recirculated. The Falcons are not near the end of their up cycle in terms of talent. They have cap room to keep their core group of pro bowl caliber players on the team. They likely have at least two more seasons beyond this one with the QB and enough offensive talent to make a push deep into post-season, but they have to get better in the trenches and they have to figure out how to hang on to early leads. But there is a thin line in the NFL between 10-6 and 6-10 and just having enough talent to stay competitive doesn't mean it will be automatic.

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There is a limited amount of time for a good team to make it to the championship level and win the big game. This is especially true in the NFL where parity is built in to every aspect of drafting players and making up season schedules. Salary cap considerations also play an increasingly significant role in seeing a yearly redistribution of the league's best athletes. Ironically, when one team has managed to put together a bunch of super-star players, the resultant increase in their worth makes it impossible for that team to pay them all and the talent is diluted and recirculated. The Falcons are not near the end of their up cycle in terms of talent. They have cap room to keep their core group of pro bowl caliber players on the team. They likely have at least two more seasons beyond this one with the QB and enough offensive talent to make a push deep into post-season, but they have to get better in the trenches and they have to figure out how to hang on to early leads. But there is a thin line in the NFL between 10-6 and 6-10 and just having enough talent to stay competitive doesn't mean it will be automatic.

Honestly, I think last year was our best shot. This year there will be growing pains. Team has to gel with Osi and SJ39. Its not the exact same team that almost made the Super Bowl. If we can bring everyone back next year (Aside from TG obviously) I think things may go more smoothly. Its still early and this is just speculation. We'll have to see.

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The problem is talent. We have great skill players and little else.

No team in the history of the NFL is as stacked as our Offense.. and our Defense has very good players at all positions, if they were coached properly, we would be very good. It is all shown in every single game, where we look like the 85 bears D + 2001 Rams O in the first quarter, and revert to the winless Dolphins in the 2nd half. It is NOT possible to swing that badly if our players had no talent. They show their potential in the first quarter, but we just dont care about winning games so they stop caring and let the games slip away

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It's a hard time to love the Falcons for sure. This much talent and our poor excuse of a pee wee league defense make Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins look like the next 16-0 regular season team.

ANY team on 3rd and long can continue drives on the Falcons with their puny non-existent pass rush. It's painful to watch when you know the opposing QB will have 20 seconds to waltz around in the pocket trying to choose which receiver out of the 4 that are wide open, to throw to. LOL

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