You can't blame the NFL's all-time winningest coach for laughing at the question that he knows is coming.
Don Shula is annually asked whether any team will match the league's only perfect season posted by his 1972 Miami Dolphins. And every year, the challengers have fallen short.
The Atlanta Falcons (8-0) are this season's only remaining unbeaten squad. Shula told FOXSports.com on Monday that he is impressed by the Falcons but perfection won't come easily.
"They're good," Shula said in a telephone interview. "I like what they're doing at quarterback (Matt Ryan) and with their head coach (Mike Smith). They're playing good defense and they can score. But it's a tough deal."
Shula then cited how close the Falcons already have come to losing this season. With his son Mike serving as Carolina's quarterbacks coach, Shula attended Atlanta's improbable 30-28 comeback victory over the Panthers in Week 4. With no timeouts and 59 seconds remaining, Atlanta drove from its own 1-yard line to...