Osi’s Dream Team
7 Posted on March 30th, 2013 by Himself
Osi Umenyiora is giddy over the prospects of his new team. I guess he was too busy playing last year to actually watch what transpired in Atlanta...or in Philadelphia.
Quick Out, March 30, 2013
Osi Umenyiora has proclaimed that the Atlanta Falcons—his new team, you understand— is “the most talented team that I’ve probably seen in my life.”
Well…maybe they are, too. Of course, while that says a little bit about the Falcons, it says a lot more about Umenyiora. It also tends to put a lot more pressure on people: Matt Ryan, Mike Smith, Umenyiora himself. Not to mention Rodney White. If they’re really this talented, why haven’t they ever won a championship? Or come close, without shitting the bed?
Oh, they’re the most talented now! After free agency (even after losing John Abraham, Brent Grimes, Todd McClure, etc). Gotcha. So, they’re kinda like a …Dream Team?
Does Osi ever watch the show? Does he not recall the last time a player gushed about how wonderful it was to play for a team that loaded up on a bunch of new guys in the offseason, before waiting to find out how they would mesh as a group, or how they would play in a different system?
I’ll give the Falcons this: they’re not the train wreck waiting to happen that is any Andy Reid Production. But if they think they’re now fully loaded and ready to take on all comers, they’re more than a little mistaken. Their problem isn’t, and hasn’t been, lack of talent.
Their problem is lack of balls.
When the going gets tough, the Saints play tough, and occasionally they play with brilliant audacity. That’s how they managed to come back from a 10-point deficit and shock the world (thanks, Kurt! Great line!) in Super Bowl XXLDGFIIIII. By contrast, when the going gets tough, the Falcons collapse. Not just lose: collapse. Like, 24-2. Like, consecutive second half efforts that I could smell from 200 miles away. That’s why Drew Brees was right last season, when he said the NFC South still belongs to us. (Before he went out and, um, threw
five six interceptions? Shut up.)
So far, Joe Namath has a stranglehold on the title of NFL Prophet. Everyone else who’s ever tried it has wound up looking like an idiot. Now it’s Osi’s turn…and frankly, I think this bodes rather well.