"I think we're closer than what our record shows," right tackle Ryan Schraeder said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN. "You've got to go watch the film. You've got to make corrections. You've got to keep getting better. Otherwise, we're working against ourselves. I think we have a good group of guys. We'll come back strong. We're not quitters."
Schrader raises a good argument on the Falcons being close to developing into the team they want to be.
The Falcons entered the 2018 regular season with high hopes of being a contender for the Super Bowl. While injuries on defense to linebacker Deion Jones (foot), safety Keanu Neal (knee) and safety Ricardo Allen (Achilles) have decimated the team, the current three-game slide won't place the Falcons in a mental funk, and a turnaround must start from within.
"We have to find a way to win next week and keep that mindset that small," Ryan said. "That's probably the best way to handle how to do it, and so when we get done tomorrow, watch this film and finish up with it, we have to put all our energy in our focus on playing well and getting a win next week. And then beyond that, we have to kind of keep that approach moving forward."