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Atlanta Falcons 2017 Countdown to Camp: Day 10 – The psychological hurdle

July 17th, 2017 at 6:35 AM
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Falcons coach Dan Quinn after OTAs on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (By D. Orlando [email protected])

Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn as he’s set to enter his third season with the team.

FLOWERY BRANCH รข?? The Falcons, the defending NFC championship, are set to report on Wednesday, July 26 for training camp.

After blowing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl, the team, while loaded with talented and positioned for continued success, will have a psychological hurdle to leap over.

They started laying the groundwork in the offseason by addressing the issue.

Dan Quinn went to speak with several other professional coaches and refurbished his “embrace the suck” mantra to share with the team.

Quarterback Matt Ryan even made a Gatorade commercial about the collapse.

Now, you sense that because the Falcons addressed the issue over the offseason that they want it to go away.

Sorry. That’s not how it works.

When you give up 31 unanswered points in the Super Bowl with millions around the world watching, your issues don’t just evaporate. You can just sweep it under the rug or throw it into the closet.

We even saw Peyton Manning taking shots at the team on the recent ESPY awards. Here’s columnist Mark Bradley’s take on Manning and the issue that won’t just go away.

So, it will be a rolling issue, as training camp and the season moves on. The Falcons have the opening of a new stadium to help as a distraction, but they need to get use to addressing it as they move forward.

We gathered a panel of experts to discuss the issue over the offseason. Here’s the story: Trek …

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