MIAMI — Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said “We’ve got to improve.”
Here’s some of the post-game chatter:
ON THIRD DOWN SUCCESS: “The whole offseason, getting off the field on third down has been a big emphasis. Going into this game, that was a big emphasis. Getting of the field on third down tonight, we were able to do that today.”
ON STOPPING RONNIE BROWN AND RICKY WILLIAMS: “They’ve got two great running backs. They can take it to the house on you. They can score in one big run. Stopping the run as well as getting off on third downs were our big goals going into this game. We wanted to get some momentum going into Week One.
ON MOVING THE BALL: “We did pretty good on offense. But as a whole we still have a lot of work today. We have to come back tomorrow and try to get better.
ON PLAYING AGAIN: “I just have to get back use to the speed of the game. Being out three-and-half to four weeks, I just have to get back to getting used to seeing these 3-4 defenses and translating everything through my brain.”
ON GETTING HIS FIRST CATCH, AN 8-YARD GAIN: “That was a lot of fun. I was very proud of myself about being able to catch the ball. My big thing was just being on the field and being with the guys. I’m just happy that I was able to do the things I love to do.”
ON THE OFFENSE: “We came out and did what we had to do. We won the football game. But it’s the preseason and you’re kind of looking to get ready for the regular season. I think we made plays. I think there are some plays that we definitely wanted back. We can play better. There is no doubt about it. . . It’s good to see where we are at. We came out healthy.”
ON THE TOUCHDOWN DRIVE: “I don’t know if it’s peak efficiency, but it was good efficiency. But there was a play right before the touchdown (third and 12) and you want to stay out of those situations. It’s good to have that experience and know that you can convert if you do get in that situation like we did. I’m happy with with where we are at. But I definitely think, and I don’t want to speak for the team, but we’ve got to improve. We can improve. There were some plays out there that we could have made. I’m pretty confident that we’ll hook up on those plays.”
ON HARRY DOUGLAS: “It’s good to have Harry back. It’s good when everybody is healthy. If we can stay healthy, we’re going to be a pretty good team.”
ON RETURNING TO ACTION: “It felt good. I was a little rusty, but it definitely felt good to be back out there with the guys and in uniform.”
ON HIS PLAY: “It went very well. I had an opportunity to go out there and move around with the special teams. I got a shot at defense for the first time and it felt real good.”
ON GETTING A TACKLE: “It was a feeling that I’ve been waiting on for a long time. I actually didn’t feel too nervous because I was prepared. I felt like I went out there and had a good day.”