The Falcons finished last season 7-10, which was a little better than many predicted, but it wasn’t enough to keep many people from having the same low opinion of the team’s chances this year.
The main reason for this is quarterback trading. Matt Ryanwhat left Sokolov with Marcus Mariota and newbie Desmond Ridder competing to keep the established receivers from being violated. The team’s defense has also gone through a lot of changes since an underwhelming 2021 season, but Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said at 92.9 The Game that he’s not really interested in what people predict for his team or why they predict it.
“I don’t give a damn what people are predicting out there,” Smith said. “I told the team the other day, how many people in this room have an iPhone? Damn, almost everyone raised their hand except [senior assistant] Steve Hoffman because he’s the only one who doesn’t. I said let me give you a little history lesson. Some of the smartest people in the tech industry have said that the iPhone will never work, that Apple won’t be able to make this phone or anything like that. I said that is nonsense, if you buy this crap, then shame on you. I said there is a graveyard of hot takes and these predictions that are just comical. So we have to go to the NFL every year and make money, and this team will compete. It should be fun to watch.”
Smith isn’t wrong about the long list of preseason picks that end up looking silly, so there’s no reason for the Falcons to pack their bags and head home in July. There’s also little reason to expect the Falcons to defy those predictions until there’s a chance to see a team built by Smith and GM Terry Fontenot hit the field in September.