In what may be the most disappointing and unexpected season since 2007, the Atlanta Falcons are falling fast in both the standings and in the patience of fans. The boo birds are coming out more and more and the league is starting to worry less and less about this team — a team that can’t run the ball, and a team that leads the league in red zone visits but is near the bottom in touchdowns from the red zone.
If things don’t change and soon, this could be one of those lost seasons that the old Falcon teams were so good at pulling off. The silver lining in all of this is owner Arthur Blank. He doesn’t stand for losing like this, which is very different than the former owners who accepted mediocrity for the 30-plus years before Blank bought the team. He will make as many changes as needed to get a winner.
Perhaps the most frustrating in all of this is how the great Tony Gonzalez is going to end his career. He finally got his first playoff win last year and after coming up so short to a Super Bowl trip, he was going to hang up the cleats. He was convinced by his son to come back for one final season and if this is how his legendary career ends, it is nowhere fitting of the Hall of Fame player that he is.
He deserves better. The fans and the city of Atlanta deserve better.