That is all the Atlanta Falcons organization and fans heard when football was being discussed. That will probably keep happening for, at least, the next decade.
How do the Falcons “get over it”? It is simple: win Super Bowl 52.
Can they? Well, that is where it gets tricky. The question should be can the Falcons compete within the NFC.
After a sloppy 25-20 victory over the Jets in Week 8, the Falcons snapped a three game losing streak. Two of those games were definitely games Atlanta should have won. Especially the home loss to Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins.
At 4-3, the Falcons sit third in the division, behind the New Orleans Saints (5-2) and the Carolina Panthers (5-3), who the Falcons face in Week 9.
So, can this Falcons team make it back to the big game? Yes, and no. And, it’s leaning towards the “no” side at the moment.
With Kyle Shanahan moving on to San Francisco to be the head coach, there is a light and day difference between the Falcons offense in 2016 and 2017.
In 2016, the Falcons averaged 33ppg. So far, new offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, the Falcons are only averaging 22ppg.
With that drop off, one would assume the Falcons lost a few key players in the off-season. Aside from the loss of FB Patrick DiMarco, the offense is the same.
The biggest problem for the offense is pretty simple: the star players are not getting enough opportunities to make plays.
Through seven games, WR Julio Jones has 37 receptions, 540 yards and one touchdown. RB Devonta Freeman has 103 carries, 466 yards and five touchdowns.
Through seven games in 2016, Jones had 40 receptions, 830 yards and four touchdowns.
Through seven games in 2016, Freeman had 105 carries, 508 yards and two touchdowns.
The offense is really struggling to get them going, as well as getting the offense going as whole.
The current offense in Atlanta will not be enough to get out of the NFC.
The defense shows signs of improvement, but too often the defense shows signs of setbacks. Too many missed tackles, dumb penalties, on and off pass rush and not forcing enough takeaways.
But, this Falcons defense with the Falcons offensive firepower we are expected to see take the field CAN reach the Super Bowl.
The Eagles, Cowboys and Seahawks all have a better chance of reaching the Super Bowl.
Until the Falcons figure out its offensive struggles, Dan Quinn can kiss a trip to Minneapolis goodbye.