So who’s to blame? 4th and 2 on the goal line to win the game, and you throw a fade to Julio Jones, who went 1-for-18 this season on passes in the end zone. 1 for 18. He caught 1 PASS…out of 18 attempts…the entire season on passes thrown to the endzone, and the Falcons choose this play call.
Falcons fans can blame Steve Sarkisian for this outrageous play call. Sarkisian, an alleged offensive mastermind, owes Atlanta an apology for that one
Nonetheless, the ball was catchable, and it was a ball Julio Jones should have come down with, but in typical Falcons fashion…they came up short.
The Falcons led the NFL last season in scoring averaging 33.8 points per game, but under Sarkisian they fell to just 22.1 points per game. They fell off. "There are a lot of things that Sark has brought to our team that we really like," coach Dan Quinn said post-game. "I can take a long time to go through different spots, so it's easy to place blame all onto one person, and that's a shared responsibility when we don't achieve at the level that we would like to. There are a lot of really good things that we've done, and it was highlighted certainly [Saturday night] where we didn't get the job done at the end of the game.”
Talent isn't the issue in Atlanta; they are loaded with players. The Falcons just can't seem to get over the hump and become the team the city needs them to be. What happened to the swagger the Falcons used to play with? The confidence, the cockiness of the old school dirty birds?