The heat is on, and not just of the basketball variety.
Super Bowl fever is burning hot for the Atlanta Falcons this summer, and will only get hotter as the season approaches and kicks in. The fans want it. The players on the field and behind the scenes are chomping at the bit for it. Tony Gonzales agreed to come back one more year to attain it. Bringing the experience and talents of Steven Jackson and Osi Umenyiora into the fold wasn’t a coincidence or just a matter of all parties being in the right place at the right time. Roddy White himself has already stated, “Super Bowl or bust.”
It’s all part of the plan, and the clock is ticking.
Now that the draft is over, a majority of the pieces of the puzzle are available. What remains to be seen is how those pieces will fit. Organized team activities have only been a small part of the big picture, considering that Stephen Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon are out and Desmond Trufant is back in school completing his degree. Also still up in the air is the status of Richard Seymour, although how big a part of the Falcons’ puzzle he would be is unknown.
The monkey on the Falcons’ collective back is the miserable postseason record, but that monkey has now started to lose his footing.
That monkey is named “Or Bust,” and this Falcons team is determined to send him packing.
The heat is on, and the pressure to deliver will be at the boiling point even in the cold winter months that mark the beginning—and end—of the postseason.