The fate of Atlanta: Are the Falcons the new Braves?
- Published: Nov. 29, 2012 at 03:43 p.m.
- Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 at 04:25 p.m.
The Atlanta Falcons are 10-1 this season. Every year they perform well in the regular season, but playoff success continues to elude them. Are the Falcons the new Atlanta Braves?
A leader for all seasons
The Braves went from 65-97 in 1990 to 94-68 in 1991, Bobby Cox's first full year as manager. The Falcons went from 4-12 in 2007 to 11-5 in 2008, Mike Smith's first year as head coach.
The Braves made the playoffs 16 times since 1991. They've only won the World Series once. The Falcons have made the playoffs in three of the last four seasons. They have yet to win a game.
Braves general manger John Schuerholz and manager Bobby Cox share a relationship similar to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith.
Meet me in Missouri
Both teams acquired players from Missouri to improve the team on and off the field. In 1991, the Braves signed third baseman Terry Pendleton from the St. Louis Cardinals. He won National League MVP that year. In 2009, the Falcons traded for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez. He's caught 25 touchdowns and made two Pro Bowls since then.
Counting Crows isn't the only group with an appreciation for Mr. Jones. Chipper Jones played 19 years as a third baseman for the Braves, was an eight time all-star and is nearly guaranteed a spot in the Hall of Fame. Wide receiver Julio Jones has 14 total touchdowns since he was drafted by the Falcons in 2011.