Reid gave us Pederson in Philadelphia, and Pederson has been helped by both Schwartz and Reich. Jim Kelly’s former backup with the Bills has built a nice career of being an innovative play-caller. Also at 55, it might be Reich’s time to lead a team while developing another QB the way he has developed Carson Wentz over past two seasons. Like with Schwartz, it wouldn’t hurt New York to make a division rival weaker.
The Falcons, in beating four other 2016 playoff teams (Packers, Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks), ensured their return even with one less victory. They also split against the new NFC South-champion Saints and runner-up Panthers. That built up a 9-3 conference record, third best and only one game off the Eagles and Vikings.
Last season, the Falcons were No. 17 against the run. This season they upgraded to No. 9, not far behind the Eagles, Vikings and Panthers.
Fans in Buffalo were understandably thrilled, and they wanted to let Dalton know it. While the Bills organization promised to send the Bengals some Buffalo wings, the fans decided to donate to Dalton’s cause.
“I was sitting on my couch and I saw the scroll across [the screen]. Thank God for DVR, DirecTV because I rewound that thing back like, ‘Yes!'” Winston said. “I tried to call him like three times and I asked him, ‘Is your phone broken? Did you change your number on me now that you’re back?’ [laughs] Man, I’m happy. I’m happy, he truly deserves that. You could just see this locker room and how we kept fighting for him.”
He added, “After the Carolina game [last week], Coach [Koetter] said, ‘If you guys play like that next year, no matter who is here, you’re going to do good.’ I broke it down and said, ‘Man, I’m tired of our coach giving us subliminal messages. Like, this is our coach. Let’s go out there and get a win for him.’ And we got it, right? That’s all that matters.”