Falcons are Morphing into the Giants!


Thomas Mott
October 02, 2019 - 12:29 am

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On Sunday after the Falcons 3rd loss of the season to Tennessee, in very bad fashion, I could not help but think that something felt very familiar. This team, this QB, this head coach, this offense and defense, all felt like a seen circus I've seen before.

I would argue that one of the most frustrating things about the Falcons is that they are underachieving. There is too much money in top level players for this team to be this bad.

With all of that in mind, I thought of some other underachieving teams with a lot of talent on the roster and then it clicked.

The Falcons are becoming the New York Giants.

I know, I know, this is weird, but if you just think about it, it all makes sense. We’ve seen this rodeo before.



From 2010-2012 the Falcons under Mike Smith lost in the divisional round, the wildcard round and conference championship round of the playoffs.

Since 2012 though, the Falcons have had .500 and below seasons in 4 of the last 6 seasons. Yes, they made it to a Super Bowl, but the majority of Falcons teams were somewhere between average to bad.

Compare this to the Giants and my theory starts making perfect sense. From 2005-2008 the Giants lost two wildcard games, won a Super Bowl and lost in the divisional round. Since 2008, the Giants have missed the playoffs 8 times and like the recent Falcons teams have had way more losing seasons than winning seasons.

The Falcons of the past few years are eerily similar to the Giants of the past 10 years.

But wait, my crazy observation gets even weirder when you look at the rosters on both teams. Both teams have had stars on either side of the football. Victor Cruise, Odell Beckham Ahmad Bradshaw, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Prince Amukamara for New York. Roddy White, Julio Jones, Devonte Freeman, Ricardo Allen, Desmond Trufant, Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett for Atlanta.

Likewise, both teams have good QB’s with good resumes but in the end Manning and Ryan’s quote “Eliteness” are highly debated among their peers. Also, both teams have lived in difficult division where the Redskins, Eagles and Cowboys and the Saints, Panthers and Bucs can and have won the division. 

Now, you’re probably listening to these comparisons and going “Okay Thomas, I see it, the Falcons are eerily similar to the Giants. What does it all mean though? Why does this matter?”

Well I’m glad you asked. The reason I point out the Giants is because it took way too long for the Giants to actually do something about their mediocrity. It took them until these past few years to find an offensive-minded head coach. 3 weeks ago they finally got off their aging QB who won them a lot of games but had lost multiple steps.

In the end, there’s some things to be learned from our franchise twin the New York Giants.

Just because you have talent and a winning QB does not mean you will have success in this league. Instead of trying to force it and stick with what’s comfortable year after year, eventually you just have to scrap everything and start fresh.

If the Falcons don’t turn this around. I think it’s time to scrap a lot about this team and start fresh.