I saved the best for last. I’ll admit to you now, I want the Atlanta Falcons to take it all. It comes with some repercussions, but nevertheless, it’s what I want. The San Francisco 49ers hopefully have all their ducks in a row to hire Atlanta’s offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan as their new head coach even though they are obviously not able to formally make an offer until after the Falcons are eliminated from the post season. If that cannot happen until February 6th, I’m ok with that and I’ll tell you why.
I want a coach with experience in big games. I want a coach that has gone all the way. I want a coach who is confident because he has had a system and a formula that has worked for him successfully. Yes, I know the rosters are completely different but I still believe the experience of coaching in a Super Bowl let alone winning one is invaluable.
There of course are drawbacks to this scenario. There is speculation about the possibility of Shanahan backing out on his ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to take the head coaching job in Santa Clara and I understand that risk. If there is actually an agreement on the table and Shanahan chooses to opt out in the 11th hour, then he is not a man you want leading your franchise to begin with. Not much is more valuable than being a man of your word. If you don’t have that, then what do you have?
The Falcons have been to the Super Bowl once which was in 1998 when they lost to John Elway and the Denver Broncos. The other three teams remaining in the post season, the Steelers, Packers and Patriots have been to the Super Bowl a combined 21 times and won a combined 18 times. Atlanta is not an underdog facing the Packers in the NFC Championship but for some reason it just feels like they are.
Last but not least the Falcons are saying good bye to the Georgia Dome. The Faithful know that that feels like. Sure it’s nice to have a shiny new toy with all of the bells and whistles but there’s something about going out with a bang. The 49ers had NaVorro Bowman’s pick at the stick to end their tenure at Candlestick. I hope the last memories in the for Falcons in the Georgia Dome are good ones.