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The Falcons were absolutely smoked by the Texans this past Sunday, giving up an astonishing 53 points in the rout. The loss moved their record to 1-4, planting them firmly at the bottom of the NFC South, their lone victory coming in Week 1 when they snuck by the Eagles. Atlanta seems well on their way to yet another disappointing season and while there has been plenty of blame to go around, Stephen A. Smith of First Take believes their struggles can be traced all the way back to their devastating Super Bowl second half collapse against the Patriots in 2017.

“This is a guy who once took you to a Super Bowl, and remember, Kyle Shanahan was his offensive coordinator, and for some inexplicable reason he decided to keep throwing the ball instead of running it with a twenty five lead in a Super Bowl that you blew, and they have never recovered since,” Smith said. “Something is wrong, something needs to be done about it, I don’t know what it is, but I don’t know a lot of coaches, I don’t know a lot of teams that would be 1-4 with that offensive firepower.”

They certainly have all the tools they should need to be successful. Dan Quinn’s message may have grown stale in the locker room. The offense may just not click the same way now that Kyle Shanahan has headed west to San Francisco. Whatever it is, however, Smith is right that it needs to be addressed before the window closes on this talented group. 

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