While the Atlanta Falcons will be welcoming back their best defensive player since injuring his foot in linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, the Falcons will be saying good-bye to another, as offensive tackle Sam Baker will take his place on the Injured Reserve. Although Weatherspoon’s mere presence on the field will be a boost right away to one of the worst defenses in the NFL, his return will be in vain, as the Dirty Birds’ season continues to be a joke.
Without Weatherspoon, the team has struggled all over the field and has been unable to stop anyone from making plays on them. The defense has been so bad, they have made mediocre offenses look elite and created a habit of giving up big plays. Even before Weatherspoon went down with an injury, the Falcons were one of the few teams to allow big plays at an alarming rate.
Everything from tackling, rotation, discipline and being resilient were already dysfunctional even with the star linebacker. After Weatherspoon went out, however, things went from hectic to utter chaos, as the Falcons were chasing defenders down from behind on a regular basis instead of staying with them. Compiling a 2-7 record with a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) looming this weekend, Weatherspoon’s activation is a lost cause.
The Falcons chances of making the playoffs little to zero, as there is little hope that they can even be competitive enough to win against some of the worst teams in the NFL. With playoff hopes pretty much gone, there isn’t much to play for.
So, even if Weatherspoon makes an impact on a defense that missed him dearly, his efforts and return will be in vain with very little to gain in the end. As the Falcons welcome back Weatherspoon, the Falcons might as well say good-bye to their 2013-14 NFL season. Welcome back indeed, Mr. Weatherspoon. Welcome back.