More than any Falcons player, Gonzalez knows what it’s like to suffer through a sorry season.
In his years with the Chiefs, Gonzalez played on teams that started 1-6 and 1-4 (twice) before finishing with losing records. His 2007 Chiefs team started 4-3 before losing nine consecutive games to end the season.
Given their talent, it seems inexplicable that the Falcons could suffer such a slide. Then again, it didn’t seem likely they’d lost four of their first five games, even considering some mitigating circumstances.
All of Atlanta’s losses have been by a touchdown margin or less. The Falcons have suffered injuries to key players, especially on defense. The offense still has been productive, if inconsistent with scoring touchdowns in the red zone.
The bottom line is the Falcons are 1-4.
“What are we going to do, sit here and feel sorry for ourselves?” Gonzalez said. “I’m not going to throw my hands up and say, ‘Season’s over.’ I’m going to believe and expect my teammates to believe we are going to turn this thing around after this bye week.
“It’s still in our hands. It puts us behind the eight ball but if we go out and do our thing, I’m confident we can turn it around. That’s they way I’ve got to believe.”