2002 Marked a record season as Vick and his intense athletic running ability jolted the franchise to winning streak of seven games. Despite being called a fluke for his talents in college, Vick did live up to his draft pick expectations. He claimed numerous records during this season for rushing and upsetting notable teams like the Panthers, Steelers and Packers. However, their season was cut short in an abrupt loss to the Eagles following their historic victory against the Packers.
Through 2003 to 2006, expectations were set high for the Falcons but they never seemed to consistently perform throughout the season. They would start very strong and end up falling back in the rankings as the season progressed. The 2006 season marked a change in events for the organization. After the team suffered a crushing loss to the Eagles, the head coach, Jim Mora, was immediately fired.
After 2006’s disappointing loss to the Eagles, who did not even use their starter players, events drew even worse for the Falcons. In 2007, Vick’s infamous dog fighting scandal forced the Falcons to suspend him and find a new leader for the offensive line. Ironically enough, after spending immense amounts of time developing the young quarterback, then Coach Bobby Petrino left the team shortly after the former prodigy was ruled to serve a lengthy twenty-three month sentence in prison.