Well everybody, we finally have an answer to exactly how the Atlanta Falcons managed to organize the biggest collapse in the history of human civilization…they were tired. That’s right, the Super Bowl 51 choke job that let the Ancient Romans off the hook for biggest collapse in human history was simply due to a case of the sleepies.
Here’s what Falcons head coach Dan Quinn had to say in regards to his teams downfall (WEEI)-
“The guys were gassed,” Quinn said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We had never played in the 90s (snap count). We were not traumatized at all. You could tell there was nothing left in the tank. They would come to the sideline in the fourth quarter and nobody was talking because there was nothing left.”
Hmmm maybe your defensive would have had a little more left in the tank if your offensive coordinator hadn’t decided to inexplicably keep calling pass plays with a 25 point lead which attributed to NE holding an outrageous 40:31 to 23:27 time of possession advantage.
Then again, it also says something that your defense was picked apart by a 39 year old quarterback who played 99 snaps and had a Super Bowl record 62 pass attempts and who appeared to be as fresh as a Spring chicken. It sounds to me like Quinn’s explanation is really more of a poor excuse for his team’s lack of preparation and conditioning, as it appeared exhaustion had no impact on the New England Patriots.
Maybe this Summer Quinn will slot in a couple of more cardio sessions in his team’s practice schedule…..that should take care of those pesky 25 point choke jobs.