Atlanta Falcons: Shrugging off skepticson October 10, 2012 at
“The students and faculty at Clifton Elementary School were uninhibited in their enthusiasm for the Falcons who dropped by Tuesday for a surprise visit.
The exuberance for the team seems to be more measured among NFL watchers.
The Falcons are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history and the only team in the NFC with a perfect record. Their star players get their due, and various media power rankings have them near the top.
Yet there might be nagging skepticism about the Falcons’ staying power, as illustrated during ESPN’s pregame show Sunday. Studio analysts answered the question that probably is on the minds of more than a few Falcons fans.
Can you trust this team?
“Sounds good … smells bad,” Keyshawn Johnson said.
“Unless you win in the playoffs, you’re going to be known as ‘next year’s champions,’” Mike Ditka said.
Johnson and Ditka made their comments before the Falcons defeated the Redskins, but it’s doubtful that the victory changed their views. The proof will come in the playoffs for the Falcons, who have provided plenty of reasons to doubt them after they flopped in three of the past four postseasons.
Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson said the team doesn’t talk much about such skepticism, but called it “a good thing.”"
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