Originally Posted by BigD5
Don't compare the Dallas Cowboys or tony Romo to the Falcons. There is no comparison. They are better than Dallas 10 ways to Sunday.
Better coaching. Better organization. Better Qb. Better wrs. Better rbs. Better offense and defensive lines.
That's why they are 13-3 and in the conf champ game and Dallas is 7-9 or 8-8 (whatever they ended up being) and sitting at home for the 3rd year in a row. And is no longer known as the premier organization in professional football. Only know as the butt of the joke of the NFL now
You're selling it like it's a major win for Atlanta across the board, but it's not that simple, and the bigger point is that they are very similar in style, strengths and weaknesses.
Offensively, the teams are built very similar. Both teams have a QB who is capable of taking their team to the promised land but hasn't. Both teams have average to slightly below average backs. Both teams have top of the league starters at WR and TE. Both teams have weaknesses inside on the offensive line. I'd give them the edge in these position groups, but it's not dramatic, and the areas of strength are very similar. Is it really difficult to think that, with Dez's emergence and a healthy Demarco, that we're 1 OL upgrade away from being a very similar offense?
Defensively, where are they truly better, except perhaps on the backend with their safeties? We have better outside pass rush, slightly better interior lineplay and vastly better linebacker play. It's just not possible to say that Atlanta's starting front 7 is better than Dallas'.
Why is Atlanta on their way to the NFC Championship while the Cowboys are looking in? Because their offense IS slightly better in several areas, and because their line IS a bit better on the offensive side of the ball. They also run a scheme that doesn't fight their players' skills, but rather emphasizes it. More than anything, they've been quite healthy, in general.
The NFL is a very close league. If you think we're more than 1-2 players and a good season of health away from the Atlanta Falcons, you haven't been watching football for very long, or you're being intentionally provocative. (By the same token, we're probably 1-2 players and a similar season of injury to 2012 away from being the Philadelphia Eagles. That's how the league works.)