No, I’m not talking about the WWE Monday Night Raw debut of the Wyatt family. I’m talking about the Atlanta Falcons and football in general—NFL preseason, to be exact. The anticipation has been at fever pitch for months, particularly where the Falcons are concerned.
The loss of last Thursday’s first preseason game to the Cincinnati Bengals is, on a strictly superficial level, disappointing. But in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t mean much. Under no circumstances should anyone put all their eggs in one preseason basket and keep them there; that’s incorrectly basing the big picture on only maybe half the factors.
With the injuries that have befallen the NFL during the teams’ respective training camps—Falcons included—it was admittedly a bit nerve-wracking to have QB Matt Ryan in the game at all. Though QBs-in-waiting Dominique Davis and Sean Renfree’s respective performances weren’t anything to write home about, it’s all about taking the preseason one day at a time…and one play at a time. Knowledge, experience and proficiency will come in time; banking on one preseason appearance is a mistake.
Again, it’s the preseason. Not early, mid or even late season—preseason. The stakes are high, but the stakes don’t come into play until the season is underway…and that won’t be for a few more weeks. I’ve seen a lot of panic buttons and doomsday predictions already—and not all from Falcons’ naysayers either. Fans and foes alike would do well to take a step back and accept the preseason for what it is—a precursor (but not necessarily a predetermined picture) of the real thing.