The Falcons Haven’t Changed a Bit
The Atlanta Falcons have not learned from their mistakes.
How does the saying go? Doing the same things and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.
Matt Ryan, Steve Sarkisian, and the Falcons are challenged.
Atlanta had five tries to score a game-winning touchdown against the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles on their turf. They failed on all five attempts and lost 18-12 on Thursday night.
Yes, it is literally the same scenario from the Falcons-Eagles game just eight months ago in the divisional round of the playoffs.
How can a team who vowed to spend an entire offseason getting better at red zone football, fail on their first test of the new season?
Here is the answer: Sarkisian is a terrible play caller, and Ryan locks onto Julio Jones when he lacks confidence in a play call. Bad combination. This is partly why the former MVP is 1/20 when targeting Jones in the red zone, over the past two seasons.
But let’s rewind to earlier in Thursday night’s season opener. The Falcons drove into the red zone on back-to-back drives to start the game and came away with only 3 points. The next time they visited the red zone, Ryan threw an interception. Simply put, the Falcons left points on the field, which is something they have consistently done since Kyle Shanahan left town to become the San Francisco 49ers head coach.
Atlanta also went 4/15 on third down and committed 15 penalties. Additionally, the Falcons looked slow and rusty. And here I am thinking the preseason ended last week.
By David Schiele