The Atlanta Falcons are being unfairly judged for not making certain play calls that would have hypothetically won the Super Bowl.
The Atlanta Falcons have taken a lot of heat for not running the ball on their final scoring opportunity in the Super Bowl. While it is understandable in some ways the criticism is also unfair considering that the Falcons have been an aggressive team all season and were not going to change where they had found success.
While it made sense for the Falcons to run the ball in that certain situation the Falcons were not a team that made the normal calls. All season long the Falcons surprised the NFL by running a League leading offense by being aggressive and always going for the win not playing the game and calling plays not to lose.
That is the team that made it to the Super Bowl and to expect them to change strategies in hindsight is short sighted and makes little sense. Why would they abandon what put them in a position to win the Super Bowl?
Not only that but while the decision to not run the ball is being focused on it is taking away the focus on the Patriots impressive comeback and the fact that the Falcon’s defense had more to do with collapsing then did the decision to not run the ball. Three times the Falcons defense had an opportunity to win the game and every time they looked worn and failed.
It is time to stop unfairly questioning the offensive play calling that got the Falcons to the Super Bowl and begin to focus on how they will get back in the years to come. Coaches and players have all recently issued statements that sound surprisingly optimistic coming off of a Super Bowl loss this team is built to not only win in the years to come but to get better.
With plenty of cap space and the draft coming up quickly the Falcons should be set for a very entertaining off-season.