Chris Owens was not—is not—a popular man in Atlanta.
There are many reasons for that, most of them having to do with Owens' propensity for coverage mistakes. When the Falcons selected him in 2008, Owens was a promising, speedy young cornerback with some upside. Through the first couple of years, that narrative mostly stood, and he totally outdueled Terrell Owens in 2009 for an impressive interception. The kid was going places.
There were little things that began to add up in 2010—a bad angle, not turning his head for the ball, a whiffed tackle—and Owens started