The Atlanta Falcons are getting their freshman class ready for what they hope will be another long journey to football’s biggest stage.
Upon taking the field for the club’s rookie minicamp Friday, coach Dan Quinn was sporting a pair of wristbands that read, “Embrace the Suck.”
Quinn later explained to Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the motto, first used last offseason, is about being prepared for the grind ahead.
“Embrace The Suck,” Quinn said. “Eat a crap sandwich with a smile. This is going to be hard. Your choice: It’s a victim’s mentality or a warrior mentality. It’s like, ‘I know this run is going to be long, and it’s going to be really hard. But here I go again.'”
Atlanta is preparing for the upcoming season with the disappointment of a Super Bowl collapse still fresh in the minds of many. Quinn is admittedly still bothered by the fact that his team surrendered a 25-point lead in the second half, but he’s on to 2017.
“Yeah,” he said when asked if was still angry. “But I’m past it. I mean, I’m not past it. But … I’m past it.”
Headlining the group of incoming rookies, first-round defensive end Takkarist McKinley and third-round linebacker Duke Riley will be expected to bolster a Falcons defense that lacked the depth to hold up against a New England Patriots offense that dominated time of possession in the Super Bowl.
That infusion of talent, along with the healthy return of Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant, should give Atlanta every opportunity to build upon its promising 2016 season.
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