The Atlanta Falcons lost five key players in the win in week two against the St. Louis Rams, one for the entire season. Many fans had plenty of woes and had a right to feel that way.
How in the world is this team going to recover from such staggering injuries? The coaches figured to cover for the loss of Steven Jackson, to replace him with switching up between Jason Snelling and Jaquizz Rodgers. To cover for Sam Baker, they would add in a new player for right tackle and then switched Lamar Holmes to the right side. And on defense they switched positions and added new players as such.
For me, waiting on the Falcons game against the Miami Dolphins put me through much anxiety because I wanted to see what the offensive and defensive coordinators had come up with. After the first drive, my worries seemed to diminish and my faith had been truly restored again. Then the defense put more pressure on Ryan Tannehill than they had any quarterback yet and caused fumbles. Sadly, the Falcons didn’t take advantage of the turnovers against the Dolphins.
The Falcons’ offense didn’t score throughout the entire game or if they did score, it was a field goal. Matt Ryan and the offense has to do a better problem of getting to the red zone. This team has been dealing with this supposed curse for years, it’s time to get rid of this problem.
The team was already not in complete sync starting with the injuries offseason and now they’re off balance for sure. The franchise quarterback Ryan said it best, “We’re just not playing like we’re supposed to be.”
What is it going to take for them to recover enough from the injuries to progress from their 1-2 record? Are the coaches going to call appropriate plays in the future like they need to make sure the Falcons are more efficient and consistent offensively and defensively?
It’s week three and it’s honestly too early to say. All the Falcons fans can do is hope and wait for a better game against the New England Patriots. There’s always next week.