THE BRANCH – It was the “Coordinators Countdown to Kickoff Show” after the Falcons went through their final practice on Friday before leaving for New England.
Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey (MM) and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder (BVG) took a few questions while the paint was still drying on a week of preparation for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
MM ON CALLING PLAYS FOR RB JASON SNELLING VS. JERIOUS NORWOOD: “Every game has specifics to it. The whole plan is not that way. We just try to use our guys’ talents. That’s not just the quarterback, the back, but that’s everybody that’s on the field. Again, if guys can’t execute or don’t think they can and have that negative thought, they probably are going to fail. We are trying to make sure that we’ve got 11 guys out there who are confident in what they are doing. That’s really just kind of the foundation of this offense.”
MM ON FACING NEW ENGLAND’S MULTIPLE FRONTS: “You’ve got to recognize it first and the communication is important. I think our guys have done a great job since we’ve been here. Every week we are going to get something new. We’ve got guys that can call it out and identify it correctly. It’s just that when you get in an environment that is loud, you’ve got to make sure that everybody is hearing those calls.”
MM ON FALCONS’ SHIFTS AND FORMATIONS: “Defenses are always disguising their coverages. If you’re are watching, they are always moving. You are sitting there going what are they going to do? We are no different. We are trying to make them do their homework as well. . . We are going to give you unique things that you are going to have prepare for or adjust to during the game.”
BVG ON KEYS FOR THE DEFENSE: “We have to make sure that all this preparation pays off for us because they give you a lot of offense. Obviously, they are very efficient in what they do in both the run game and the passing game.
All of the work that we put in, we have to go up there, concentrate and make sure that we do the things that we practiced all week.”
BVG ON TOM BRADY: “He’s obviously a very intelligent quarterback. He knows where to go with the ball. He looks the same to me (post knee injury).”
BVG ON SAFETY THOMAS DeCOUD: “He’s a guy that’s really improved from a year ago. The process has been speeded up with him, that’s because he’s worked hard. In the first two games he’s done a pretty good job. We look for him to continue to grow and get better at the position.”
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