RobertAP wrote:Isn't that what we all do here? How many of us watch all of the game film for all of the teams in the league? We're, "fans." We have our opinions. We come here to share those opinions. Those opinions are nothing close to being, "expert," opinions, if they were, we wouldn't be posting them here. Obviously, we're not always going to agree, and that's fine... Even the, "experts," don't agree with one another.
At the end of the day, we are all Falcons fans, even if some of us are dumb MFers.
I don't expect anybody to watch every game. But you should have a little context before you make some of your claims. The more football you watch the more you realize that Smitty's "problems" aren't unique around the league and frankly are overblown. You're living in a fantasy world if you really think clock management and whether or not to go for it on 4th down will prevent a team from reaching the Super Bowl. And the more football you would watch the quicker you'd realize that.
The things that stop teams from going to the Super Bowl have more to do with how good your QB is, whether you have balance on offense, whether you can play from behind, how good your OL is, how much heat you can put on the QB, how well you cover, how many turnovers you create, can you flip/control field position on ST, etc.
These are the areas where the Falcons are and have been deficient. And the more football you watch, perhaps the quicker you'd realize that. Because you'd see those other teams succeeding in those areas because they have more talent than we do. And it has nothing to do with killer instinct or game day management. It has everything to do with being bigger, stronger, faster, better, etc.
But over the years I realize that most people are lazy and its so much easier to blame one
all encompassing factor like killer instinct, than to look at the actual 18 things that determine the outcome of games. Its easier to blame the 4th down decision made by the coach than the 8-play scoring drive two quarters earlier. Because for whatever reason we accept that players miss tackle, or drop passes, etc. but a coach must be infallible. An OC may make 78 play calls over the course of a game, but if 2 of them are questionable and happen to come at a critical point (3rd down, red zone, 4th quarter, etc.), he blew it and he has to go! Its ridiculous when you actually think about it.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.