Entering their Thursday Night Football matchup with the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons sit at 2-8, recently lost to 1-7 Tampa Bay and ride a four-game losing streak.
Surely the team has quit.
Tony Gonzalez says no according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure:
“We haven’t quit on Coach Smitty,” Gonzalez told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “If anything, we’ve quit on ourselves during certain momentum swings during the game. I think that’s been our biggest problem. And I’ve been on teams before like this. It seems like when something bad happens — which happens in every game, I don’t care how good you are — we’re not responding like we should. We’re letting it take control of us, I guess, with a here-we-go-again-type attitude. And we don’t need to do that.
Coach Mike Smith, left, and the Falcons haven’t had the season they expected, but the players say they haven’t quit on him.
“That’s something that comes with us individually and collectively. It has nothing to do with the coach. Nothing. … Don’t get me wrong: I love a good pregame speech as much as anybody. But at the same time, once that ball is snapped, that’s up to me, especially when I’ve got to do it consistently over and over. So I would never put that off on any coach because I love doing this for a living. And I would hope all these guys feel the same way.”
We’ll find out in a hurry if Gonzalez is right.
Gonzalez is adamant the team has not quit on the head coach, but it is interesting he reveals the players have quit on themselves at times.
In the ultimate team sport, that’s simply unacceptable.
So on Thursday, we’ll either see a team show some fire in a rivalry and attempt to pull off an upset, or we’ll see a defeated team roll over in front of its home fans.
Have the Falcons given up on the season?
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