And now I do. This past Sunday’s game against the Bears was a great one. And now I’m firmly a believer in what Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff have been preaching these past nine months.
Any one who is a patron of this site’s boards knows that I’ve been critical and skeptical of many of the moves and decisions that Dimitroff and Smith have made over that span of time. Unsure of if these are the guys that are going to get the Falcons out of their 42-year funk. And while we still need at least another fourteen wins away from our first back-to-back winning season, I’m confident and optimistic now that these are the guys that will take us there. I don’t know if that’s going to happen this year, next year, or later, but I’m drinking the kool-aid now, and I like-a the juice!
The Bears aren’t a great team, but this makes it no less of a quality win. The Falcons showed a lot of character on Sunday and pulled out an incredible win. The quality of the opponent is really not that important. What I saw on Sunday, was a team. A team that when certain star players had down games, some of the young guys stepped up and filled the void. Ryan and Roddy had great games. But Turner struggled, but Norwood was able to provide a spark on offense and special teams. Jenkins and Douglas were able to make big plays on offense. Abraham was essentially a non-factor for the game, but Jamaal Anderson stepped up and provided some big plays. Elam made the big kick when the game was really on the line.
The job isn’t finished yet. But I really now believe that the team truly is headed in the right direction and it’s in capable hands. Now, I’m sure there will be still many instances in the future that I’ll still be critical of a call or move they make. Beating the Chicago Bears doesn’t buy that sort of loyal obsequiousness. But there definitely will be a marked difference, when you say “I don’t really like this move, but I trust these guys” as opposed to “I don’t like this move, these guys don’t really know what they’re doing.”
You can see it that the team trusts Smith and Ryan, and that’s exactly what needs to happen for this team to be able to take it to the next level and usher in a new era in Atlanta. I don’t know if or when it is going to happen, but I really like our chances. It’s rather simple. I wanted to believe and now I do.