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I’m sorry, but this can’t go on. It should have happened last year, but a benevolent owner got fooled by a late surge. He granted his coach a last chance. This is what his coach has done with it:

Lost the opener at home by 13 points. Blown a 20-point lead on the road. And now, blown a 16-point lead at home.

A week after the Cowboys led only as the clock hit 0:00, the Bears didn’t nose ahead until one play beyond the two-minute warning. Anthony Miller ran past reserve cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to snag a touchdown pass that surely Windy City fans could scarcely believe. But whenever you’re playing the Falcons, there’s always reason to believe. There’s always the DQ Factor.

Only a horribly coached team could have let that onside kicked go unfielded. Only a horribly coached team could have allowed this get-well game — final score: Bears 30, Falcons 26 — turn belly-up. The Falcons are 0-3 headed for a Monday nighter at Lambeau Field. It would take a great coach to make something of this season now. Dan Quinn has spent nearly every working moment since it was 28-3 proving he’s not even a good one.

It brings no pleasure to write these words. Quinn is a fine fellow. You’d be comfortable with him watching your kids. (Or grandkids. I’m of that age.) But how many times can the same team lose the same game and expect to get a different result with the same coach? Apologies in advance, for I’m about to use a word I absolutely hate, but here it is:

The Falcons of Quinn are the biggest choke team in the history of sports.

As Goldfinger said to 007 — in the book, not the movie — “Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago. Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action.” The Falcons’ biggest enemy has ceased being the opponent. The Falcons’ biggest enemy is having this head coach on a headset with a double-digit lead to hold.

Speaking of Chicago (funny how life imitates art): The Bears had every reason to give up on Sunday’s game. Their starting quarterback had reminded us why not many folks consider Mitchell Trubisky a starting quarterback. Their backup — the ol’ Falcons-killer Nick Foles — saw two of his passes ruled touchdowns, only to be overturned and rendered takeaways by replay review. After three possessions under Foles, his team still trailed by 16 points, and now 9:10 remained.

The Bears’ next four possessions: Touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, victory formation.

The Falcons’ first three fourth-quarter possessions: Three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out. Six of those nine plays were passes. (Passes, we remind you, not directed toward Julio Jones, who missed the game with an iffy hamstring. Or to Russell Gage, who’d been injured midway.) Total time of those three possessions — this is beyond belief — was 2 minutes, 58 seconds.

 

Do we need to note that the Falcons, as coached by Quinn and quarterbacked by Matt Ryan, will live forever with the memory of NOT running the ball late in the Super Bowl? Yes, Kyle Shanahan is long gone, but the Falcons’ latest offensive coordinator — Dirk Koetter, in his second stint here — should be sued for malpractice.

This was the series after the Bears had pulled within a field goal — incomplete pass, incomplete pass, false start, incomplete pass. Chicago was forced to use no timeouts. Twenty-two seconds after it scored a touchdown, it had the ball kick. It didn’t even need to wait for the Falcons to botch an onside kick. Whatever it takes to lose, the resourceful men of Quinn will find.

DQ’s latest pearls of woeful wisdom: “That’s about as tough as it can get … The last two weeks have been nothing short of crushing … We need to find our ways to finish.”

Said Ryan of his coach: “We’ve got his back. We’ve got to play better as players.”

Then, of the Falcons: “We’re right there. It hasn’t been (us) getting killed.”

And that’s the point. It’s not as if the Falcons can’t do better. It’s that they NEVER DO. They watch a ball roll 10 yards and do their utmost to move out of its way. They forget they have Todd Gurley on the roster and keep chucking the ball when they should be pounding it. They’ve become a worldwide punchline of how not to win, no matter how fat their lead and how inevitable winning might appear. Over two given Sundays, they’ve squandered 36 points' worth of leads.

Ryan: “The entire story hasn’t been told yet. It’s a long haul. But we’ve got to change.”

Really, though, how much more does anyone — Arthur M. Blank included — need to see? Two weeks running, we’ve said to ourselves, “Surely even the Falcons can’t mess this up.” Two weeks running, we’ve been wrong.

When it happens the same way this many times, we look for a common thread. Super Bowl? Quinn was coaching. Dallas game? Quinn again. Chicago game? Still Quinn. To borrow from both Ian Fleming’s arch-villain and Walt Kelly’s Pogo, the Falcons have met the enemy, and he’s their coach.

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5 minutes ago, droopy1592 said:

The world is in a state that is so terrible and all I wanted was a good falcons season. I wish someone would end my misery and just run me over or shoot me in the face. 

No that is not the answer... do what I do... hang with my Raven friends.  Their friendly and sympathetic.  You can alway find another team and still follow these sorry band of losers... lol. Its like having a troublesome child... and an angel child.  You love them both but don't Expect much from one.... lol

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15 minutes ago, droopy1592 said:

The world is in a state that is so terrible and all I wanted was a good falcons season. I wish someone would end my misery and just run me over or shoot me in the face. 

Just walk down almost any big city street today and you might get your wish!

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1 minute ago, droopy1592 said:

Don’t ******* tempt me. If I didn’t have a kid I’d walk out in traffic. 

Come off the ledge. It's entertainment. I used to be this way when I was much younger. That's why I used to get pissed (not anymore) when other fans called me a fair weathered fan or fake fan. The Falcons perform like this and yet we keep coming back. If that isn't fanatical, I don't know what is. 

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11 minutes ago, Halcon-1 said:

Come off the ledge. It's entertainment. I used to be this way when I was much younger. That's why I used to get pissed (not anymore) when other fans called me a fair weathered fan or fake fan. The Falcons perform like this and yet we keep coming back. If that isn't fanatical, I don't know what is. 

I’m not young at all. I’ve been doing this too long.  Falcons sole championship will happen when global warming has destroyed the worlds ecosystem and the first primordial black hole is suddenly detected and wipes out the solar system. That’s poetic justice. Only the falcons own all of the losing records. Ever notice how some of the greatest players have the majority of their highlights against the falcons? I’ve been around long enough to see this is more than a trend. 

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18 minutes ago, droopy1592 said:

Please. I’ll pay someone to off me with one of my own guns and set it up like a suicide. Jesus ******* Christ. Only a falcons fan can look at a 20 point lead going into the fourth and constantly **** bricks. God****! Why so often?

Hey, just wanted to jump in here.,,

It was real encouraging when you shared overcoming a low point before. When we blew SB51, it was at a low point in my life. I hope you can get past this game and if you need to chat or open up will reach out.

The Falcons may mean something to you but your life matters more than a sad sports story. It doesn't have to be defined by it either. Humans are capable of more than mere sport.

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10 minutes ago, Ergo Proxy said:

Hey, just wanted to jump in here.,,

It was real encouraging when you shared overcoming a low point before. When we blew SB51, it was at a low point in my life. I hope you can get past this game and if you need to chat or open up will reach out.

The Falcons may mean something to you but your life matters more than a sad sports story. It doesn't have to be defined by it either. Humans are capable of more than mere sport.

Yeah dude I get it. Falcons just sum up my life so it ******* hurts inside when they blow ******* leads. Wrong place, wrong time, talented team. I was counting on the birds to make 2020 bearable. I’m worn out and these god**** birds just ****ting on my face because the universe hates me. 
 

I’m just venting. I’ll laugh at it all tomorrow but god****. Like why I gotta watch the game 16 points up KNOWING we are gonna lose? My evil GF said if the falcons lose with a 16 point lead, she was gonna toss me off of the balcony. She was joking but I was ready. I need to be tossed off a ledge. 

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40 minutes ago, droopy1592 said:

Yeah dude I get it. Falcons just sum up my life so it ******* hurts inside when they blow ******* leads. Wrong place, wrong time, talented team. I was counting on the birds to make 2020 bearable. I’m worn out and these god**** birds just ****ting on my face because the universe hates me. 
 

I’m just venting. I’ll laugh at it all tomorrow but god****. Like why I gotta watch the game 16 points up KNOWING we are gonna lose? My evil GF said if the falcons lose with a 16 point lead, she was gonna toss me off of the balcony. She was joking but I was ready. I need to be tossed off a ledge. 

I’m sorry. That’s not a good place to be. For sure.

At least as Falcon fans we can commiserate.

But irl the mental health side matters a lot.

I appreciate some of this channels videos on the topic, here is a good one:

If you want or need to chat, hmu on here.

EDIT: Then again, if you just getting it all out today like you said then cool and disregard. :tiphat:

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I remember the excitement we had as a teenager that we were getting our own pro football team and the anticipation that came with it. I had been a big Packers fan at the time and Bart Starr because of his Atlanta connection. Reminiscing on those days and thinking we could have a team bring us a championship and now it’s time again to see another change at coach. Always a three year rebuild with these changes. I think I won’t be alive to see that championship. Not because I’m depressed from the losing, that’s par for the Falcons, but because I may not live long enough to. I totally understand other’s frustrations when it comes to this team. It used to be an event, if you couldn’t go to the game, you had football parties. Wings and beer and whatever. After all this time of disappointment, it’s not as important as it once was. Thanks for the vent.

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1 hour ago, Spts1 said:

Only a horribly coached team could have let that onside kicked go unfielded. Only a horribly coached team could have allowed this get-well game — final score: Bears 30, Falcons 26 — turn belly-up. The Falcons are 0-3 headed for a Monday nighter at Lambeau Field. It would take a great coach to make something of this season now. Dan Quinn has spent nearly every working moment since it was 28-3 proving he’s not even a good one.

That about sums it up.

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