It’s rare when the Falcons under head coach Mike Smith have possessed a record below .500. The 2011 season was the last time the Falcons sat with a heavier number in the loss column, first when the team started 1-2 and then again when they moved to 2-3.
The rarity doesn’t take the bite out of this particular trip to below .500, though, and the Falcons are eager to move past the 27-23 loss against Miami on Sunday — a game that slipped from their hands as a result of turnovers, penalties and red zone struggles.
“It’s still early. That was the third game of the season,” linebacker Akeem Dent said. “We’ve got 13 more opportunities to go out there and compete. You just keep going, keep fighting.”
The Falcons have no choice now with their backs against the wall with a 1-2 record and the ever-dangerous New England Patriots, led by quarterback Tom Brady, coming to town for a Sunday Night Football tilt but to find and keep a fighting instinct.
Several team members spoke with the media after team meetings and film review. The eagerness to get back on the field and move past Sunday’s loss was made evident.
“I’m looking forward to having a big week,” cornerback Desmond Trufant said. “I can’t wait. I know we’re all looking forward to it. We’ve got a bad taste in our mouth right now, so we’re just looking forward to getting back to grinding.”
And if any team can get to grinding and find success, many on the team believe it’s these 53 players.
“That’s one of the reasons why I love being on this team, being around the guys that’s here in the locker room is that, we know it’s early in the season but we don’t use that as an excuse,” wide receiver Harry Douglas said. “We know we have things we need to work on and as long as we stick together, we’re good to go.”