This is just a sad thread. Way too many people are disappointed in winning.http://falcfans.com/takeaways-from-week-13-9522
But thanks to the flag on Robey, and the eventual fumbles by Johnson and Chandler, those aren’t the narratives this week. Instead, we have the happy feelings of seeing the Falcons get another win.
Winning Satisfies Now as Opposed to Later
Expect this image of Jadeveon Clowney to get ample usage by May
I know others may not be so happy, given it puts the Falcons in a slightly more difficult position to get the player of our collective dreams, Jadeveon Clowney, in next May’s draft. The Falcons currently possess the fourth overall pick in the draft thanks to Washington’s Sunday Night loss to the New York Giants. Whether that really affects the Falcons ability to get Clowney is really not for me to say. While I do enjoy mock drafts, when done in December they are more useful for cleaning your backside than accurately projecting the NFL draft five months in advance. But it’s fairly obvious that the higher the Falcons pick the greater the chance they get Clowney.
I personally didn’t expect that a Falcons win on Sunday would really move my needle. Heading into the game, I had gotten so used to losing and frankly in my discontent figured it was too little, too late. But I did in fact go to sleep last night with the warm, fuzzy feeling that usually comes after a Falcons win. And it thus reaffirms my “anti-tanking” resolve. While I may have a much warmer, fuzzier feeling come May if the Falcons do land Clowney, the 2014 draft is a long way off. And in the meantime, I’ll take the guaranteed positive feelings following a Falcons win over something that is by no means a guarantee five months from now. Even if the Falcons do manage to secure the No. 1 pick, there is no guarantee that Clowney will be their selection. One should remember that Da’Quan Bowers and Damontre Moore are two recent examples of players that were considered potential top picks in February before their respective drafts. Thanks to an injury to Bowers and poor workouts by Moore, they fell to the middle of the second and middle of the third, respectively.
Will the same happen to Clowney, the most-lauded defensive end prospect in a decade? Probably not. But the point is that it could happen. As was the case with Bowers and Moore, a lot can happen in the final two months leading up to the draft, let alone five months between now and then. Because we won’t really have a good idea whether or not the Falcons will have a good shot at Clowney until after the Scouting Combine and into March at the earliest, gaining some happiness from a Falcon win or two over the next month appears to be a fair trade-off in my eyes.