Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/17/12
The Falcons have become a NFL-version of the movie Groundhog Day over the past three seasons. Just as Phil (yes, like the groundhog Phil) spends day after disappointing day reliving Groundhog Days that end so terribly wrong, the Falcons find themselves reliving the same disappointing ending to a promising season every year during Matt Ryan’s tenure. The Falcons’ duo of general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith have, much like Bill Murray’s character Phil, made changes to attempt to break the frustrating cycle in which they were stuck. Smith has brought change to the structure without upsetting the roster of a team that has achieved consecutive playoff berths for the first time in the history of the franchise. After offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was named head coach of the Jaguars, he took with him quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski. Much like Bratkowski’s once-explosive offenses were criticized in Cincinnati for becoming stale and predictable, so was Mularkey’s...
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