Coach Mike Smith’s film review of the 20-10 win

100813 Atlanta - Falcons head coach Mike Smith, left, and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder react as the defense stops the Chiefs on a second half drive in the exhibition season opener at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

100813 Atlanta - Falcons head coach Mike Smith, left, and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder react as the defense stops the Chiefs on a second half drive in the exhibition season opener at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Watching the film of the first exhibition game is a long process for Falcons coach Mike Smith and the rest of the team.

There were a lot of mistakes, missteps and miscues that have to be corrected.

“We have just started to scratch the surface in making the corrections,” Smith said. “We met this morning for about a hour and half with the players and we probably didn’t get through half of the tape. We are going to spend a good part of (Sunday) and possibly into (Monday) making the corrections. The first preseason game, there are a lot of things we have to get corrected and a lot of things we can improve on.”

Here are some of Coach Smith’s  impressions after his film review:

100813 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder gives the thumbs up as the Falcons take the field for the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

100813 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder gives the thumbs up as the Falcons take the field for the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

  1. “I was very impressed that our offense was able to put together a 21-play drive.
  2. “I thought that our ability to create turnovers was good.
  3. “We won the field position battle. I think by 27 or 28 yards. Where our average start was and where their average start was. When you win the field position battle it really enhances your opportunity to win.
  4. “I was not pleased with the two-minute defense. Both of their scores took place on the last drive of the half and the last drive of the game. Those are the things we know that we have to be very, very efficient in. You give up a score before the half in the last two minutes and statistically you usually lose the game. We’ve got to make sure that we tighten that up.
  5. “When you create two turnover and you sack the quarterback two times, that’s always good.
  6. “We had the strip fumble as well. When you are on the plus side of the turnover margin, you’re going to enhance your chance to win.”

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Monday, August 16 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Tuesday, August 17 — Practice 8:30 – 10:55 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH NEW ENGLAND.

Wednesday, August 18 — Practice 10:15 – 11:35 a.m. (closed to public).

Thursday, August 19 — Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.

Friday, August 20 — No Practice.

Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)

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26 comments Add your comment

S" Bam" C

August 15th, 2010
3:42 pm

I’ve been reading your post and all this Super Bowl talk after 1 pre-season win against a 4-12 Highschool team. Thurs night will be quite a rude awakening for you as you face off against a perennial winning team and we turn the tables and make you look like the Highschool football team. 3 points in a half and the first team could not even find the endzone in your own house. I would say don’t make me laugh but your team already did that along with their blind fans. Sam the Bam says thanks for the tune-up scrimmage boys !

Elliot Garcia

August 15th, 2010
3:50 pm

Only Sam could get excited for an NFL preseason game…

Nolefalcon

August 15th, 2010
3:50 pm

A perennial winning team they may have been, but thats in the past buddy-boy. You guys managed to squeak by into the playoffs last year, but your not even the best team in your division anymore. You call us the scrimmage boys, but I sense your nervous about the impending smack-down.

Chop Buster

August 15th, 2010
3:50 pm

S Bam C I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s a win, but it came from our 3rd string QB executing all over the place against their 3rd team defense. It’s the first preseason game and I’m not going to panic just yet. I want to see how they play against the Patriots to see what improvements were made from game one to two. It’s wayyyy too early to even talk about a superbowl.

Roman

August 15th, 2010
3:58 pm

5th!
I think JA will turn some heads this year. Burner is on a mission.
We have the capability to wind up in Dallas.
Go Falcs.

slawdawg

August 15th, 2010
4:14 pm

Guys! It’s not “your”, it’s “you’re”. Geez, where did you go to school?

laguna Darren

August 15th, 2010
4:24 pm

Bama, first of all The Patriots were a good team but great only by cheating in such a way that The NFL should have pulled their Franchise. I am an insider and the tactics they used (Hidden Camera’s in locker room) ( Payed for and used minature cameras and listening devices) ( Payed companies to ease drop on other Franchise using special equipment ) The list is much more than I have listed. Tom Brady knew the exact defenses being run on every play. Once NFL found out and covered up for integreity of game teams hired outside companies to sweep players and facilities. Why do you think Brady got beat up by Giants in Super Bowl and has been only good not great since. He doesn’t know the defense when He walks to line.The NFL should have taken their Super Bowls away. They would not have won them without their cheating advantage. I do however agree about the Falcons. I think they will better but The Chiefs are no measuring stick. If you don’t think the NFL was in a cover up mode then why were all tapes destroyed immediatly.

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James

August 15th, 2010
5:52 pm

KC may be no measuring stick, but beating the Chiefs is, I think, better than losing to Detroit… (last year)

Rev Blake

August 15th, 2010
7:27 pm

Coach Smith did not mention the poor pass protection by the first team? Way too much pressure on the quarterback from a team like the Chirefs. If this isn’t fixed quickly, we may not like the “measuring” this Thursday.

Rev Blake

August 15th, 2010
7:28 pm

oops …”Chiefs”

SeenThisB4

August 15th, 2010
7:31 pm

Hey DOL: There’s an error on the main AJC falcant web page.

Wildebeast

August 15th, 2010
9:47 pm

Mike Smith says, “When you create two turnover and you sack the quarterback two times, that’s always good.”

Wow, now that’s the kind of unique insight that I hope to one day pass along to my grandchildren. I mean, somebody ought to inscribe that quote at Chartes Cathedral. I only hope I get to sleep tonight thinking about that quote’s sublime significance!

Jimmy

August 15th, 2010
10:18 pm

The O Line may have had trouble pass protecting…
It was hard to tell given Ryan’s happy feet.
There were a couple of times I thought he overly nervous and left the pocket too soon.
I hope we’ll see him standing in the pocket some in this next game.

POLOBOY

August 15th, 2010
10:53 pm

RYAN NEEDS TO GO BACK FILM STUDYING AGAIN. LOOK AT BREES, RODGERS, MANNING, BIG BEN. HELL ASK BRADY FOR SOME POINTERS ON TUESDAY WITH THE COMBINED PRACTICES.

bsg

August 15th, 2010
11:01 pm

you guys forget that drive ended while snelling was in, don’t get me wrong i love the guy for closing the gaping hole at RB while burner was injured, but simply put he is no where near as good as burner can be. I mean did you guys see how burner looked? he was so explosive, also no Harry douglas, no norwood, what did you expect out of this game?

screg

August 16th, 2010
12:05 am

yeah, funny how tom brady suddenly became average after they got caught cheating

Confess_Jesus_Now

August 16th, 2010
1:06 am

I agree with what Mike Smith said about the last two minutes. We can’t continue to give up points during that time. It is vital that we create turnovers and 3 and outs in the last two minutes.

Confess_Jesus_Now

August 16th, 2010
1:06 am

@screg: Tom Brady is average? Do not be deceived.

SKYROCK

August 16th, 2010
1:48 am

Don’t put so much in the preseason games. There is a method to the madness. The real stuff is shown when the regular season starts.

Once "Recent" Reader

August 16th, 2010
3:35 am

Um . . .didn’nt the Pats get called out for having video camera in a spot that was not allowed like the first or second game of the season they went 18 – 1 . . . 1 being the most important last game in SB? Didn’t Tom Brady light it up that year?? I think they became average as the core of their SB Teams got older or were dealt away. Brady still had some real good numbers last year . . . after being out for basically whole season after their 18-1 season. Pats still went 10-6 I believe when Brady was out but lost the tie-breaker for Playoffs to Dolphins and other WildCard Team. So not sure that comment on how they became average after they got caught is true, since that was at the very beginning of their best season ever . ..even if the final game of that Post Season was also their most upsetting loss ever.

Once "Recent" Reader

August 16th, 2010
3:36 am

And I say they became “average” in the sense of average for the Pats of the 2000’s, not average for the NFL in total.

waynester

August 16th, 2010
11:18 am

“Bam”
It’s the preseason–a time when every team’s fans are hopeful of winning it all–nothing unusual about that….
Darren
the League is certainly not shy about covering up inconvenient truths about their “star” players and teams–like the theft of controlled substances by superbowl-winning coaches……

Kim Z

August 16th, 2010
8:33 pm

Jennifer Givens

September 5th, 2010
7:40 pm

Mike Smith you don’t know what quality of man and player that you are getting when you get Bear Woods, I’ve know this young man since he was a little league player and then as I see now he still gives his all. He was raise with great morals Mr.&Mrs Woods are the best parents you can find loving giving and caring people its what bear’s man up of,and coming into your squad or any squad they would be so lucky. I’m just glad I know the boy that has become a man in his on right.With a little work from you and all the other coaches he would make you one of the best players in the NFL and your Atlanta Falcon team. You see Bear has been part of my family for a long time. He has never seen color of a person or has he treated them any different, I’m of one of bears friends mother last year my son was in a car accident and has never walked again, he still there as a friends his family is still there even took him to troy state games there is angels around that young man and Gods going to show up and show out for him so don’t miss the best thing that god has for you right now.I would like to meet or just talk to you on the phone i know you are a busy man, but God makes time you can to. Be bless Coach (Smile )Coach if you walk up to me right now I would not know who you are but Im praying for your change of heart and your team this year. Jennifer Givens (Demareions Givens Mom)

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