As a fanbase, we’re not exactly known for reacting coolly or calmly when the Falcons do not do well. There are moments where that kind of instant panic and frustration are not justified, but the Falconly arc of the universe is long, and it bends toward failure. We’re all well aware of that.
That’s why the Week 1 loss to the Seahawks produced the graph you’ll see below. Before Week 1, confidence in the team’s direction per our SB Nation Reacts poll was hovering around 70% of responding fans, a sign that an offseason of good vibes and COVID-19 dodging had produced some sort of hope.