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What Is Wrong With The 2017 Falcons?

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The 2017 Falcons Have Not Been The Same

This team is nothing like last year, but we expected it. Last season, the Falcons were setting records everywhere and became a historic offense. Their defense was not great, but it was a formidable group with the potential to be great. They had everything to win the Super Bowl and came up short in the end. With new offensive and defensive coordinators, things were not going to be the same. Even with the same players, there was going to be some things that were going to change. The entire season, everybody has been waiting for the 2017 Falcons to be last year’s Falcons. We are at the final game of the season, and we have yet to find that team. What happened? Whose fault is it? Let’s take a look at some of the problems the Falcons have faced this season.


If there is one word that can describe the 2017 Falcons, inconsistency hits it right on the nail. This team will look dominate in one game, and then the next game they will lay an egg. They do the same thing in games as well. There have been a couple of instances where the Falcons are clicking in the first half, but in the second half they disappear, and end up losing the game. This was a big problem early in the season and has gotten better throughout. At the end of the day though, those games you should have won come back to haunt you. With the Falcons possibly missing the playoffs, those games have crept back into their minds. If the Falcons had been a little more consistent, we could be singing a different song for this team.


Unlucky sounds more like an excuse, but I promise you, it is not. Every team has their moments where things do not go the way they want them to. The 2017 Falcons have experienced the most by any team this year. Matt Ryan has been the primary target of this catastrophe. Ryan has 12 interceptions. What if I told you only four or five of them had been his fault? We have seen tipped balls; balls come out of the receivers hand just to land in the opposing team’s hands and this.

Yes, people, this was an interception. It does not get more unlucky than that. You take away some of those interceptions, and we are talking about a different season for Ryan and the Falcons. There are some things you just can’t run away from, and a butt interception is at the top of the list.

The Decline Of Playmakers

One reason the Falcons were so good last year was that of the level everyone was playing at. Everybody was getting involved and making big plays for the team. You cannot say the same this year. Speedster Taylor Gabriel has not been the same player we saw last year. The only time Gabriel has been effective is on screenplays, and that is one play the Falcons have not executed right all season. Austin Hooper was supposed to be a breakout player for the Falcons this year. Instead, he has been one of the reasons for Ryan’s unlucky interceptions. He is also not getting many touches on offense. Both Gabriel and Hooper were essential pieces to go all the way last season, and now they are nowhere to be found.

A surprising player that seems to be having a down season is Desmond Trufant. A player that is known for being a top corner, Trufant has not had his best season. He had a horrible game against the Saints, and you could see his frustration near the end of the game. Although he has not been all bad this year, his bad moments are horrible. Even so, Desmond Trufant should still be considered a top corner around the league.

If you have not watched a game this year and you wanted to know what was wrong with this team, I just gave you the top three problems. The Falcons still have a chance to prove themselves — if they win this week. But let’s be honest, we have been saying that all season and they show us that they do not deserve to be in the playoff picture.

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