THE BRANCH –It was “Coordinator Friday” after the Falcons ripped through their final practice before the Carolina game. They will pay tribute to the original team and wear the 1966 uniforms.
The equipment staff was set to put all the stripes on the helmets later.
But we got to chat with Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and defensive coordiantor Brian VanGorder.
Michael Turner was held to 65 yards on 22 carries against Miami, but Mularkey said the Falcons were very close to
popping a few big runs.
“Where we had problems was sustaining the blocks,” Mularkey said on Friday. “We were very close to big runs, a lot of times. In their scheme, that two gap scheme, they shedded blocks. That was the discussion afterwards, ‘what do we have to get better at?’ We need to sustain and get on them. It wasn’t like they had an extra guy that we didn’t get to or block. It was just a matter of us doing a better job up front block and that’s everybody.”
MULARKEY’S KEYS TO THE CAROLINA GAME
1. Turnovers: “That’s a big emphasis, a big focus for us every week. It was last week. That’s how Miami had such success because of their ability to get it and not give it away. That will be no different for us this week offensively.”
2. Precision: “One of the things we are trying to do is be a little bit more precise and detailed. So many those 2- and 3-yard runs that we were just missing on making bigger runs are there. We have to focus on the little things. Our spilts. Our depth. All of the little things that made us miss some big plays last week. We need to be a little big more precise with it.”
He was pleased with the play of the defense against Miami. He dropped several nuggets of information:
–On surprise starting cornerback Brian Williams:” It worked out good. He did a good job. I think we talked about the fact that he’s been in our system a few years. . . I thought he held up well.”
– On the linebackers leading the team in tackles: “I thought our defensive tackle play from Jonathan Babineaux was excellent. (Peria) Jerry had a good first game. Then T.J. (Thomas Johnson) came in. He’s a big, strong guy who protects those linebackers. Not taking anything away from them because their production was good, but I think the defensive line play had a lot to do with that.”
–On free safety Thomas DeCoud’s first NFL start: “He did well. . . his responsibility on the field to communicate and get us in the right coverages and such, I thought he did real well.”
–On Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme: “I think John (Fox) said it best. They had some different looks from Philadelphia. . . . they had some pressure situations. We expect that they’ll be prepared for us and make protection a huge priority.”
VanGorder was asked if he saw a decease in arm strength while watching film of Delhomme.
“I don’t see that. He’s played a lot of good games against us. He’s a good quarterback.”
Time to go out and find a “Throwback” outfit for the game. Looking for a leisure suit and a big ol chain or something. real 60ish or 70ish. Think, I’m going to pack up the old IBM Selectric and take the old typewriter to the game.
Didn’t know this Throwback stuff would be so fun!
Don’t be tardy for the Throwback party!!!