As well as the Falcons are playing right now, they’re convinced they could be better.
Despite getting off to a 5-0 start for the first time in franchise history, the true mark that this team is getting it was in the attitude adopted by the team after beating the Redskins yesterday.
“The best thing about it is that we are not playing our best football and we’re 5-0,” veteran center Todd McClure said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “This team is much better than what we’ve played thus far. It’s easy to make corrections when you’re 5-0. We have a lot of room for improvement.”
Quarterback Matt Ryan wasn’t as sharp as Matt Ryan had been, throwing an interception which was returned for a touchdown. It was just his third pick of the year, against 13 touchdowns.
But it was also his 18th career fourth quarter comeback, an alarming number for a fifth-year player.
“It is great start for us. It really is,” Ryan said. “At this point you can’t really worry about what is going on in the history of our organization, but we have put ourselves right where we need to be five games into it.”
There’s a businesslike quality to what they’re doing at the moment, and they know they can’t validate this until the postseason.
But the efficient play and appropriate attitude at this point in the regular season are good signs they could change their reputations.