Grady Jarrett on Falcons elimination: “Same s***, different year”

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The Falcons have been far from an impressive team this season, but the NFC South’s incompetence kept them in the playoff hunt… until now. Following yesterday’s loss to the Ravens, the Falcons have been eliminated from playoff contention. Depending on how you look at it from a fans’ perspective, many people would call this a successful year in Atlanta. They were projected by many to win three or four games — a mark they reached in the first half of the season. It hasn’t been pretty since, but this team has been competitive in just about every game. They’ve exceeded expectations, but don’t tell Grady Jarrett that. He was understandably upset following the result to the Ravens, saying “Same shit, different year.”

More than anything, this gives everyone a perspective of how much these guys pour into the game every year. Everyone that plays in the NFL is in the upper echelon of athletes on the planet. To get to that point, they have to be ultimate competitors.

Grady Jarrett is among the best defensive tackles in the game, so while people outside of the building may not look at this season as a disappointment, that’s not how these players feel. They always thought they had a shot until the very end, which is why many of these guys were so emotional after the game.

There is another narrative that quickly stemmed from this video — one that automatically assumed that Grady Jarrett is unhappy with the organization and will demand a trade. I don’t think that has anything to do with this reaction. He inked a contract extension with the Falcons for a reason. He knew what he was signing up for, but that doesn’t change the fact that — down to his very core — Jarrett hates to lose. Hopefully, the Falcons can build a contender around him moving forward because he deserves to play for an organization that is in the playoffs every season.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire



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