The Falcons are going to have to piece some things together Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
With a plethora of players on the injury report — including quarterback Matt Ryan, running back Michael Turner and starting right guard Harvey Dahl — it may take some creative placement of reserve players to get the job done against the Eagles.
Such is life in the NFL, especially in a season where some things just haven’t gone according to plan.
In looking for a Friday Pep Talk video I was led to movies (or real life events) where unassuming heroes rose to a challenge when failure wasn’t an option.
The crew of Apollo 13 faced hardships no man had ever faced. Their lives were put in the hands of scientists on the ground who had to find ways to preserve miles of wiring, electronic equipment and — literally and figuratively — place square pegs in round holes.
I’m not looking to directly compare the Falcons to one of the great success stories in American history. But, like the cutting-edge risks of the space program, the Falcons have everything to gain Sunday and must succeed in the face of unforeseen circumstances.
There have been injuries in 2009. There has been unfortunate streaks. There have been tough opponents who left the field victorious and put Atlanta in a spot to play the last five games for its playoff life.
It will take a little tinkering. It will take creativity. It won’t take listening to anyone saying the Falcons have no shot at the playoffs. For the men in the locker room, that’s unacceptable.
Because failure isn’t an option.
Falcons thinking Eco-Green and Eagles’ green, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
So a lot of people are picking the Eagles for this weekend’s game. Not trying to be a homer, but Head Coach Mike Smith does have a 12-1 record in the Dome.
Les Bowen: Eagles to attack Falcons’ system first, then fill-ins, Philadelphia Daily News
Smith said the Falcons would tailor this week’s game plan to match Chris Redman’s strengths. That said, not sure anyone fully knows what the team will do offensively against the Eagles.
White forced to create distance with friends, YahooSports.com
More proof the thought that goes into this game doesn’t end on the field or in the draft room. It’s deeper than that. It’s about life.
VanGorder not interested in UGA coordinator job, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
You’re never too far away from college football in the South — even working for a professional sports team.
Battle of the Big Birds, The Canvas
Perfection. Captures simple intensity of a game that, if won by the Falcons, could put the home team in control of its playoff destiny.
NFC South Blogger’s Blitz, ESPN.com”
Some pre-weekend thoughts on the NFC South from blogger — and friend of the program — Pat Yasinskas.
Crunchin’ the Numbers, The Falcoholic
If the Falcons win — and the Giants lose — the “easiest remaining schedule” thing comes into play.
In Atlanta, memories of Vick remain alive, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Interesting approach to a story. I didn’t live in Atlanta during the Vick era, so anything that happens at the Georgia Dome will be new for me. Here are some thoughts from the Atlanta sports perspective.
Finneran’s return beefs up Falcons’ receiving corps, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A healthy Brian Finneran eases any pain if wide receiver Michael Jenkins is unable to play or if the Eagles find a way to contain tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Falcons’ Zelenka ready to long snap, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The relationship between long snapper and punter/holder is an interesting and important one. Falcons fans have seen that first hand in 2009.