At least they captured one. The Falcons never even had back-to-back winning seasons before Ryan, coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff arrived in 2008. Since then, Atlanta has strung together five straight winning records, four playoff appearances and two division titles.
Now, all that’s left is a championship.
The city is ready.
“If we could break that ceiling,” DeCoud said, “it could usher in a great new era of professional sports in Atlanta.”