Falcons owner Arthur Blank and coach Dan Quinn expressed confidence in quarterback Matt Ryan after yesterday’s latest loss.
Veteran wide receiver Roddy White took a whole lot more of a pragmatic approach to the situation, when asked about the possibility of benching Ryan.
“Who else we going to put in there? That’s going to be our quarterback forever,” White said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “Isn’t going to ever happen. All that speculation, you might want to kill that. We’re going to play better. So let’s nip that in the bud.”
Of course they’re not going to fix the problem by putting former seventh-rounder Sean Renfree in the game, but there’s clearly a problem that needs to be fixed.
The Falcons have lost five of their last six and four in a row, and the issue has been on the side of the ball they used to be able to trust the most.
In running out to a 5-0 start, the Falcons were averaging 32.4 points per game. Then they turned ice cold, with that number becoming 16.3 per game over the last six. They didn’t get to the end zone until the final two minutes against the Vikings, when it was already too late.
“To tell you the truth, our defense is playing really well, to me,” White said. “They’re getting stops. They’re getting turnovers. They’re allowing 20 points or less. We’re supposed to win those games, with the talent we’ve got on offense.
“Those guys [the defense] gave up 10 points over three and a half quarters against the Vikings, and we’re over here and we’ve got three points. We had three points until 1:30 left on the clock. That can’t happen. Can’t ever happen; not with the talent we’ve got. Our guys are too good.”
Or at least they used to be. The Falcons still have a chance to turn things around, but with a pair of games against the undefeated Panthers left, they better hurry if they want to matter down the stretch.