The NFL is a win-now industry, period.
It's a league where fans come to expect success, quick fixes and immediate results, hoping for the ultimate shot of their favorite team making it to the Super Bowl, ideally brining home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
So, with the 2014 Atlanta Falcons currently at 2-6 entering their bye week, the team's fans aren't focused on the previous success that Falcons head coach Mike Smith and his staff helped establish upon arriving in 2008, including a 62-42 regular season record, the seventh-best mark in the NFL during that time and two NFC South Division titles. Instead, they want wins now, and Smith agrees.
"I haven't done a good enough job," Smith said Monday, during his weekly press conference. "Plain and simple, because ultimately, it's my responsibility. I haven't done the job that I need to do. I've let down the players, the coaches and the fans, thus far, but I tell you what we plan on doing, we plan on getting hot and making it a really good second half of this season."
In this week's match-up, the Atlanta Falcons are across the pond in London taking on the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium.
In his 16th year of NFL coaching, seventh with the Falcons, Smith has seen more wins than losses, but even in the current five-game losing streak, he doesn't waver, instead confident in his abilities and those of his coaching staff and players, admitting that "we're going to do what we've done for the last six-plus years and prepare each and every week like we know how to do it and I'm going to continue to do that until Mr. Blank tells me otherwise."
The plan to turn things around begins with a team film session Monday night, followed by the coaching staff collectively evaluating and self-scouting the team's offense, defense and special teams groups, while the players are off for the rest of their bye week. The entire team will reconvene next Monday for a Falcons-on-Falcons practice, before an off day on Tuesday, followed by continued game planning for a divisional matchup against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay on Nov. 9.