You can say that about alot of teams in the NFL.Wiinning games at hte least the close ones is a small margin to win or lose.The good teams find ways to win the bad lose them.
Yeah, that's something we did well in 2004. And up until that Packer game, we had consistently done well. Entering that game, Vick was 12-1 in close games that he started and finished (decided by 8 points or less). Since that game he is 0-3.
To take words from Mr. Marshall Mathers, the Real Atlanta Falcons did not stand up this year. WE just didn't have it this year. We can still win next week vs. Carolina, and it will be a bright spot on a bad 2nd half of the year.
But this was a team that wasn't spectacular through the 1st half of the season, but managed to win. I think the offense started to click in the 2nd half a bit better, but we just couldn't find ways to win games.
I think it would be dumb to go with the mindset that we need the old Vick. To say, Vick should regress in his development just because we lost a few games this year is just stupid decision making. It's just the Falcons discovered that now we can't just expect Vick to carry us to victory anymore.
We are 1-6 against teams with winning records this year. This is something that plagued the Chargers in 2004, they were 2-5 against teams with winning records then. Thus far this year they are 5-4 against those teams with 9 or more wins right now. So they showed much improvement without really going into the off-season overhauling their roster.
I think this is a good team. I think this is a team that is a few healed injuries, better coaching, and a few personnel additions from going to the SUper BOwl. Whether we win the Super Bowl is a different story, since the AFC has shown over the past few years that they are the class of the league.
I made the statement at midseason when we were 6-2, that we were the best team in the NFC. Despite going 2-5 since then, I still believe this team is capable of being that level.
I'm hearing people like they want to throw the entire team under the bus. Sure, there are several areas that this team needs to improve in. But I'm of the firm belief that with the exception of safety, if this team goes into next season with the same 22 other starters on the team, it's not a problem. All 22 of those guys have proven they can get the job. Can we stand to get guys that can do the job better? Yes, of course. Can some of those 22 guys stand to get the job done more consistently? Yes, of course.
We need to re-sign a few of our UFAs for depth, cut 2 or 3 players, and then focus on adding talent via the draft and spending wisely in FA adding more talent. We don't need to spend tons of $$$ to upgrade the roster, because we don't need it. Not to mention our inability to afford it.
WE HAVE TALENT TO WIN. WE JUST NEED TO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.
2004 = The Year of the Overachievement.
2005 = The Year of the Underachievement.
2006 = The Year we get it just right?