World has much to learn about Falcons

Here come the Falcons and their coach, Dan Quinn, to living rooms everywhere. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Here come the Falcons and their coach, Dan Quinn, to living rooms everywhere. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Let’s take care of the introductions first.

Falcons this is the world.

World, meet the Falcons.

The two of you will be spending a lot of time together in the next 12 days – and it’s about time the two of you got know each other a little bit better.

It’s no surprise you are strangers. A largely undistinguished franchise in a metropolis so long lacking a unifying championship identity just doesn’t command a lot of attention. The Falcons, not by choice but by circumstance, have pretty much been the ignored most of their life. They assumed the role of the quiet guy nursing the club soda at the back of the bar, the loner holding up the wall at the school dance.

Normally, ESPN would much rather air a Tottenham Hotspur highlight than a big Falcons moment. This team makes the cover of your big national publications with a frequency common to spelling bee champions and Pillsbury Bake-Off winners.

In general, it has been too easy to be dismissive of the Falcons – in the manner of Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, whose recent work seems to be getting everyone’s suspenders in a twist. (Relax, there’ll be plenty more slights to go around before this fortnight is finished. Don’t let your outrage peak just yet).

The world should in no way feel bad about just now coming around to the realization that these Falcons are pretty good. Hey, Atlanta just started reaching that conclusion about six weeks ago.

For 12 days more the media-industrial complex will have little choice but to spend a large amount of effort catching its audience up on these Falcons. What else is it going to do, an investigation into the secret yearnings of Bill Belichick to ditch it all and become a street mime?

So, by all means world, extend a hand to this team.

You’re going to find a lot to really like about it. You’ll love the offense, especially if you are a Millennial who likes shiny objects.

You’ll find a star wide receiver who is better than Beckham, and beats Brown all day long (and is so much lower maintenance than both). You’ll recognize the best when you see it.

You’ll discover a quarterback who will never make a great pizza salesman, but who is an Andretti at the wheel of an offense.

And a coach who is full of energy and positivity – and the only known antidote to a Belichick news conference.

And if you make the effort to get to know any one of the children on defense, that will speak to your curious and adventurous nature. Go ahead, branch out.

Here are the Falcons, world. I just know you’re going to be impressed.

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1331ronnie
1331ronnie

Great article

Right on point!! GO FALCONS

Bug
Bug

well why should anyone normally care about the Falcons? Take it from me, if they do not win this game it will be business as usual as far as the Falcons go starting the day after. Win and all that changes....And they have as much chance of winning as NE does....lets see what happens....I am taking the gift 3 points....

DHullings1800
DHullings1800

Coach B recognizes defensive patterns used by DQ in the Seattle SB. heads up coach! Find some new wrinkles for our guys!!

John92
John92

The national media has rarely given the proper attention to the Falcons. Its understandable because for most of the Falcon's history there has not been much to report. Things have changed since the Falcons were taken over by Arthur Blank with the emphasis on  "Doing it Right" and improving the fan experiences. Allow me now to " Thank" Mr. Blank for seeing the possibilities with this city and with the sports teams. Mr. Blank ... You are the BEST!!!! Now .... I don't have a problem with Atlanta and the Falcons not getting the media coverage because when Atlanta did get the coverage for things other than the local sports teams like the 96 Olympics it turned my wonderfully small and charming southern city  into a world city with all of the  traffic congestion and problems that come along with that. So if it mean going back to the small town feel that Atlanta used to have.... then let's keep the national media as far away as possible so that we can enjoy and celebrate our Super Bowl Champion .... Atlanta Falcons.


!!!!GO FALCONS!!!!!!!

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

I'm sure the media will waste no time trumpeting the multiple offensive weapons. Have to call out kudos for the offensive line, and specifically the addition of Alex Mack, and I'd bet there are NFL insiders who couldn't name the Falcons starting defense. It may not be the best statistical defense over the whole season, but when you look at the level of experience across the defense, what they have accomplished to perform at this level is just incredible.

Jokurone
Jokurone

As the great Rodney Dangerfield use to say I get "No Respect" all we want is just a little bit of R-E-S-P-E-C-T so how are we going to get it. 


Atlanta 41 the Patsy's 38 


Rise up ATL!!

jcdocpc
jcdocpc

I laugh a little because no matter how well we do,  even if we win, the story will be all about Brady and Co. Just watch. But that's ok...for real..It sure will be fun hoisting the Super Bowl trophy..and watching Arthur Blank dancing one more time.

Dan Gillette
Dan Gillette

@jcdocpc If you win, I guarantee the story will be about you. And Patriots fans, myself included, will congratulate you.