MIKE SMITH, HEAD COACH: “The biggest thing for us is to stay healthy, especially in the first 10 days of training camp. We want to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can for our guys in terms of hydration, tempo of the practice, I think it’s going to be very important that we stay healthy. That’s one of our main objectives.”
MATT RYAN, QUARTERBACK: “I thought it was pretty good. Guys knocked some of the rust off. Guys came out and mentally we were pretty sharp. . . Offensively, I think it’s about fine tuning what we are good at.”
TONY GONZALEZ, TIGHT END:
Q: How much motivation is it that the New Orleans Saints are in your division?
A: “I think it’s great. It’s the best thing that can ever happen because it’s a measuring stick. It was our measuring stick last year. Both of those games, we could have won. But that’s how it goes in the NFL. But playing them twice is only a plus for us. If we can do well against them. . . the championship goes through them . . . I don’t care about the AFC or NFC, it should go through them. We’ll see.”
DUNTA ROBINSON, CORNERBACK: “You can make a lot of plays on the ball (in the Falcons defensive system). Your back is not turned as much as it was when I was playing a lot of Cover-1. It’s a new system for me, but I like it a lot. It’s a very aggressive system. We are going after the quarterback. You don’t know where the blitzers are coming from. Overall, I’m very happy with it. When I line up and look at the guys I’m playing with, I know this defense has a chance to be really special. We just have to buy into it. I love the scheme and I love the way it’s set up.”