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Tony Gonzalez still confident Falcons can make a run

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Tony Gonzalez’s last ride is hitting some unexpected speed bumps.

But the veteran tight end still thinks the 1-4 Falcons can make a run. In fact, he expects it.

“I’m not going to sit here, what are we going to do? Sit here and feel sorry for ourselves? I’m not going to throw my hands up and say the season’s over,” Gonzalez said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “We still have a lot of football left to play, and I’m going to believe.

“And I expect my teammates to believe that we can turn this thing around after this bye week, and get a couple of guys back and get healthy. It’s still in our hands. Yeah, it puts us behind the eight ball, but at the same time, if we go out there and just take it one game at a time, I’m confident that we can turn it around. I really am.”

It’s not his fault the Falcons are where they are at the moment, as he’s still playing at a much younger man’s level. But the absence of help on defense (along with an absence of a running game and an absence of enough good players on the offensive line) has left the Falcons in an impossible-looking hole.

“Whether it’s realistic or not, that’s up to you guys to say what you’ve got to say,” Gonzalez said. “But as far as I’m concerned, I’m going to go out there and play my heart out. And I expect that from my teammates, and hopefully we can turn this around.”

Technically speaking, they have a chance. They’re two games out of the wild card chase at the moment, and while the Saints are running away with the division, the Falcons come back from the bye with games against the Buccaneers, Cardinals and Panthers. So getting back to 4-4 is reasonable, but it will take more than just Gonzalez to get them back there.

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27 Responses to “Tony Gonzalez still confident Falcons can make a run”
  1. tlw109 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:56 AM

    I love the confidence and fight that Gonzalez has shown these past few games. Unfornately, I haven’t seen the same from most of the other players and our coaches.

  2. bucrightoff says: Oct 8, 2013 10:02 AM

    Trade him back to KC, let him retire proper and actually give him a shot to win a ring. Falcons are done.

  3. lightcleric says: Oct 8, 2013 10:14 AM

    They basically HAVE to go 4-4 to have any playoff chance because the schedule after that is brutal. They still have to play at Green Bay and at SF as well as host the Saints and Seahawks. They have to win all their other games and split those to have a wild chance at 10-6. Their 2 games vs Carolina could be tough but the Panthers might be imploding themselves…

  4. tjjohnson98 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:20 AM

    C’mon back to KC, Tony, we’re 5-0! Oh, the irony…

  5. ottawabrave91 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:30 AM

    trade him back to chiefs

  6. njgiant1982 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:31 AM

    Has Tony met my friend Mr. Antrell Rolle?

  7. allweatherfan says: Oct 8, 2013 10:43 AM

    Hey Tony, Kansas City is on a roll and needs a tight end. Think you can ask for a release?

  8. dcapettini says: Oct 8, 2013 10:49 AM

    Actually Gonzalez is right. While there is almost no chance for the Falcons to win the division, their chances at wild card are pretty good. Nobody else in the South will have a winning record, 8-8 will probably take the East, the North is all Green Bay and not much else, and SF and Seattle will shatter the rest of the West. 9-7 will probably take the other wild card in the NFC. Of course, the Falcons will have to go 8-3 the rest of the way to get there, but they get Carolina and Tampa both twice, so there is 4 in the bag. If they go 4-3 with everybody else, they are in.

  9. mythaimyke says: Oct 8, 2013 10:56 AM

    Dream-on Tony!!!! Maybe a spoiler, but nothing more, SORRY!

  10. bsizemore68 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:56 AM

    I think when you leave points on the field it will come back and bite your butt, I bet they wish that they had gone for the field goal at the end of the first half. Bill

  11. chiefdt58 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:56 AM

    Come home to KC for a 5th or 6th rounder. Finish your career in style and teach Kelce how to ball.

  12. uscoach says: Oct 8, 2013 10:57 AM

    The Falcons are a lot like the Texans….lots of talent, but not very well coached compared to other teams. I just don’t believe Mike Smith is a top tier HC (same for Kubiak).

  13. footballchic777 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:58 AM

    I feel sorry for them. They are banged up on offense and still getting the job done, but they have NO defense. You would have thought Ryan running them down the field and getting them the lead with under 2 minutes left would have inspired even a bad D to make a stand!

  14. Patriot42 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:10 AM

    It would be interesting for the Chiefs to make a run and the Falcons out of it. Karma can be a b—h sometimes.

  15. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 8, 2013 11:12 AM

    They still have to play the saints again and the Seahawks, 49ers so that’s 3 losses right there. Best case is 9-7 and that is generous considering the broke ankle wr and weak o line.

  16. beardinals says: Oct 8, 2013 11:19 AM

    Tony should’ve talk to Favre about the whole “don’t-retire-come-back-for-a-shot-at-a-ring” thing.

  17. Smarterthanyou says: Oct 8, 2013 11:25 AM

    If you want a deep run in the playoffs, come home to KC cause it aint happening in Atlanta.

    You want a championship?
    You will get that in KC next year.

  18. all4patriots says: Oct 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    Trade him to the Patriots!

    He and Bill Belichick have a mutual admiration society, and don’t you think Brady would like a Gronk/Gonzo TE tandem?

  19. bucrightoff says: Oct 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    You can’t beat the Jets at home with your season on the line, but the Bucs and Panthers games are in the bag?

    Funny story, both the Panthers and Jets defenses are very good. And the Falcons defense is still awful. But go ahead and think you have them in the bag, you probably thought you had a 14-2 season in the bag, so hows that working out for you?

  20. bucrightoff says: Oct 8, 2013 11:36 AM

    And by Jets I mean Bucs…

  21. writer125 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:37 AM

    Can you all say Delusional? They couldn’t even beat the J-E-T-S last night and they expect to win all the rest of their games? Lol, Lol Lol, Lol. Actually the magic number is 5 and the Atlanta Failcants are done for the season. Then the Great, Amazing, Phenomenal, Undefeated New Orleans Saints win the Division and go all the way again.

    WHODAT!!!!!!!!

  22. grendelg says: Oct 8, 2013 11:45 AM

    Wait, we just lost AT HOME to THE JETS with a ROOKIE QB. Absolutely nothing is “in the bag”. It’s thinking like that that got us to 1-4.

  23. scaredhitless says: Oct 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    The ferrari offense stalls quite a bit in 4th gear (quarter). It’s a driver (Ryan) issue.

  24. bucrightoff says: Oct 8, 2013 12:18 PM

    Anyways I was saying Falcons fans putting wins in the bag against Carolina and Tampa is funny because they both have very strong defenses and the Falcons defense will still suck when they play. A team you probably had at 14-2 “in the bag” is almost certainly not doing better than 8-8. Come back to reality Falcons fans.

  25. wwttww says: Oct 8, 2013 12:49 PM

    We wont win 6 games. 2013 is over, no depth, injuries , lack of perceived talent, schedule….I’m already over it. Still be at every game though….but only rising up to let someone get to their seat.

  26. slick50ks says: Oct 8, 2013 4:49 PM

    KC forgives.

    Come home.

  27. canehouse says: Oct 8, 2013 11:47 PM

    Mr. Arthur Blank… send Mr. Gonzalez to Seattle… they definitely need a TE and he would have a tremendous shot at playing in a SB.

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