Falcons, Arthur Smith gaining respect around the league

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The Falcons are writing the crash course on how to go from league-wide irrelevancy to wildly entertaining in just one offseason. Many teams have done it, most notably the Worst to First Rams. But Atlanta is doing it in a less conventional way than football fans have become accustomed to.

The Falcons are a ’90s-style team that runs the football regardless of the score or down and distance, while the defense forces timely turnovers despite giving up a ton of yards. Sitting at 3-3 might not seem that impressive from the outside, but for a team with incredibly low expectations, Atlanta is having a helluva season. Arthur Smith deserves the bulk of the credit, and Good Morning Football‘s Jason McCourty is giving him his due.

It’s not the first time this season that the national media has shown the Dirty Birds love, though.

Trust me, I could find a dozen more from well-respected media personalities giving the Falcons their due. Atlanta is winning in unconventional ways without a very reliable signal caller and less-than-ideal talent, but they continue to surprise me and the NFL world. They’ve been awesome to watch this year, and for the first time in many seasons, I’m excited to watch the Falcons.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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