Atlanta Falcons Franchise Turnaround Must Continue Against 49ers

October 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Atlanta Falcons are in the midst of a culture change.
It began in 2008 when three newcomers, rookie quarterback Matt Ryan, newly-signed running back Michael Turner, and first-year head coach Mike Smith, led the team to an improbable 11-5 season and a playoff berth.
It continued in 2009 when, although the team did not make the postseason, the franchise had consecutive winning seasons for the first time in its 40-plus years of existence. While a 9-7 season is certainly not very memorable, it did mark a crucial turning point for the organization, potentially providing the consistency that has been lacking since their inaugural 1966 season.
One of the more encouraging aspects of these two-and-almost-a-quarter seasons under Mike Smith has been the never give up attitude of the team.
It's difficult to turn around the fortunes of a franchise with a history of losing. The "Here We Go Again" attitude that prevails when bounces start going the other team's way is particul...

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