FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons went through their organized team activities in just over two hours on Thursday at Flowery Branch.
“We are a little further than halfway through,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We’ve got seven more to complete over the next two weeks. I think the guys are continuing to work hard. Their attitudes have been great.”
Smith addressed the questions that some of you submitted:
EXPLOSIVE PLAYS: One of the teams’ focus in OTAs’ is cut down the number of explosive plays on defense and increase the number on offense. (An explosive play is 20-yard gain).
“We gave up way too many explosive plays,” Smith said. “Any time you give up one on defense, you’re going to give up points. It’s going to be a field goal on that drive or a touchdown. Offensively, we want to be more explosive so that we can turn the field position around and go in a score.”
INTRASQUAD SCRIMMAGES WITH NEW ENGLAND AND JACKSONVILLE: “They are really not intrasquad scrimmages. They are going to be combined practices. When I say combined practices, we are going to go through our normal practice schedule. The only difference will be we’ll have two skull (sessions) going at one time and two 9-on-7s and two team (sessions). So there will be two fields where we are working against each other. It will be the same sequencing of practice that we normally do, but instead of going against guys wearing black helmets, there will be a different color jersey that we are not accustomed to seeing out here in Flowery Branch.”
(DIDN’T GET THE KICKING GAME QUESTIONS IN. We can handle that one next week.)
Some highlights from this week’s open OTA session: