You’ve got questions about the Falcons and we’ve got answers — Straight from the ‘Beek
Welcome to Straight from the ’Beek! The Falcons are in the midst of their organized team activities (OTAs) and mandatory minicamp is right around the corner. You’ve got lots of questions – and I’ve got answers. So, let’s get right to them. Just remember, all opinions here are mine unless noted otherwise.
And we begin with some thoughts on the Super Bowl being in the Falcons backyard.
Warren from Austell, GA
My question is coming off a great 2017 season, two games shy of a Super Bowl return. Do you think that this year is has more pressure on the team to make it back to the Super Bowl since it’s being hosted at our house this year? Rise Up!!!
Matt: Warren, if there’s a glass half-full guy out there this morning, you are him! Love the positive attitude and perspective on 2017. No, the Falcons did not return to the Super Bowl last season, but they were the only NFC team to make it back into the postseason from the year before and came up a few yards short of advancing to the title game. Not a bad year at all. To answer your question, no, I don’t think there’s any more pressure to make it back to the Super Bowl because it’s being played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Playing in and winning the Super is the ultimate goal every season, regardless of location. Don’t get me wrong – the chance to play the big game in their backyard and make history in the process is a very cool thing and, if anything, added incentive. But the Falcons have enough players on this current roster who played in Super Bowl LI – and they certainly know what it takes to get there. It’s not easy. There’s a lot to do in the meantime – and there are no easy games in the NFL. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s one game at a time around here.
Eric from Cleveland, OH
Hello, Beek. I have read your column for a long time and never submitted a question. I am like you, I let the seasons play out. Really, I don’t…