fun gus wrote:
Fun Gus said earlier in this thread that he isn't looking to fire Mike Smith, he's just tired of seeing the same stuff happen over and over.
Yet less than a week after making those statements, he starts a thread that suggests that Smitty be fired if the Falcons lose their next two games.
And you're always building your case. Thus why the "beef" with the "excuse-making."
untrue. I said if we lose twice to the Buccs and Panthers. Its already a foregone conclusion were going to lose twice to the Saints. And I also said not if the reason we go 0=6 is due to Ryan injury...
Pudge says the thing that would make him consider firing Smith is if he lost the team. If we cant squeak out one win against this Buccs team, he has 'lost' them. But if we go 0-6, and I suggest firing Smitty, I am absolutely certain Paudge will find another excuse
The Falcons stink this year. Losing to the Bucs doesn't mean that Smitty has lost the team. It just means that the Falcons are a worse team than we thought. We've been operating under the assumption for the past few weeks that the Falcons are a bit better than their record indicates because they've been very close to winning all 4 of their losses. All of which came against teams with winning records. But if the Falcons lose to the Bucs, then they are simply a bad team.
It doesn't mean that Smitty has lost anybody. Especially when the Bucs despite being winless have a Top 5 defense, just like the Jets defense that we played in Week 5. But the Falcons are much more depleted offensively than they were vs. the Jets. Thus the team will need the running game and the defense to step up. If they don't this week, it doesn't mean that Smitty has lost them. The Falcons run defense was 29th last year, and is 26th this year. Their defense was average last year thanks to being healthy and opportunistic. Now they are beat up and not creating very many turnovers, and thus they are getting exposed as bad.
To beat the Bucs, the Falcons have to play uncharacteristic
football than what we've seen thus far this year. If that doesn't happen, then Smitty hasn't lost
the team. When they face the Panthers, they'll face another Top 5 defense, with one that can dominate our weak OL with their dominant front 7. And if the Falcons let Cam Newton do the things he has normally done against our defense, then there's no way the Falcons win that game.
They could have easily gone 0-6 in the division last year, and they are a MUCH WORSE football team this year!
It's not about losing the team, it's about whether Mike Smith is a good enough coach to get this team to circle the wagons
and play above their talent level for the rest of the year. If he's not, then I know there are plenty of people around here that believe that the Falcons must go out and find someone that is. But frankly, I'm sure that there is a coach that is capable of that outside Massachusetts. There's always next year. And maybe this terrible season leads to teh Falcons front office opening up their eyes that their complacency the past two off-seasons was the wrong approach, and instead of adding a little to supplement the roster, they really get back into the trenches and opt to significantly revamp this roster.