I agree Cyril that our success this past year, really doesn't amount to much in 2005. But I can look on the bright side and see that the organization is headed in the right direction, just as it seemingly looked in 1997 after a solid 2nd half of a season under Reeves. Of course big things happened the following year in '98, and then it all fell apart after that.
But I think where Mora will succeed where Reeves failed is that Mora has a good GM calling the shots in the organization. Reeves had no accountability, because he was his own boss and his real boss, Taylor Smith, had a very hands-off approach to the club. Mora doesn't have that with McKay and Blank.
I don't think the Falcons will find ultimate success until Vick develops a bit more, and I think that's still a ways off.
The past few Super Bowl winners have all been teams that were dominant on one side of the football. Since '00, it's been defenses: Baltimore, New England, and Tampa Bay, and prior to that it was offenses: Denver & St. Louis. We're not there yet to say that we are a dominant offense/defense that can score on anybody/shutdown anybody.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.