The Falcons are averaging less than five points in the first half of their games this season as the offense struggles to find its footing. Out of 16 quarters, Arthur Smith’s offense has about three or four quarters worth of good football; that may be generous too.
Despite the Falcons winning the first two games, the same questions continue to arise at the podium. Regardless of who is answering them, the media hasn’t differed in their talking points.
“That’s my boy,” receiver Drake London said about Desmond Ridder’s struggles. “I’m not going to ever give up on him. At the end of the day, whatever happens, happen. We’re going to go out there and keep on fighting.”
“Maybe ourselves,” London on why the offense is struggling. “I think we gotta look ourselves in the mirror—figure some things out. We’ve got a lot of talented players we’ve just gotta go out there and make those plays.”
“Those are tough lessons for a young quarterback,” Arthur Smith said of Ridder’s struggles, “but you’re going to find out about yourself when you go back out there. In the second half, he was able to push the ball down the field a little bit. I thought he operated cleaner in the pocket. Reality is, we’ve got to find a way to jump start early. We’ve got the right guys in that locker room, but that is the reality.”
It’s the same questions week in and week out. When is Arthur Smith going to get tired of answering these questions?
I’m sure he doesn’t care and just wants to win football games. Unfortunately, the noise gets louder when you lose. After the first two weeks, Smith shrugging off London and Pitts’ production was fine. Now, his message isn’t resonating as the Falcons dropped two in a row in embarrassing fashion.
Winning is a cure-all. If Atlanta takes care of business this weekend, we will all shut up.