What the players had to say after beating Miami

Atlanta Falcons line backer Curtis Lofton (50) forces Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne (7) to throw an incomplete pass during first quarter NFL preseason football action in Miami, Friday, Aug. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Atlanta Falcons line backer Curtis Lofton (50) forces Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne (7) to throw an incomplete pass during first quarter NFL preseason football action in Miami, Friday, Aug. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI — Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said “We’ve got to improve.”

Here’s some of the post-game chatter:

MIKE PETERSON

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.

JERIOUS NORWOOD

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.”

TONY GONZALEZ

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.”

BRIAN WILLLIAMS

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.”

WILLIAM MOORE

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.”

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Coleman

August 28th, 2010
1:09 am

Nice job, Defense. Now let’s get our high-powered offense clicking.

NBA

August 28th, 2010
1:17 am

Who cares? It’s preseason football and means absolutely nothing.

BA Smyrna

August 28th, 2010
1:29 am

Yea the Dream WON! I mean, this offense has got to get better. :-) I was very excited when we got Mularkey as the OC, but his play calling is very suspect. He has to shake things up more. Ryan has to work on his completion percentage as well. He has been hanging around 50% this preseason and we can live without that. Better showing from the defense, but not an overly exciting preseason game.

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Deon Sanders

August 28th, 2010
2:45 am

At what point are the coaches going to admit that Chevas cannot play in the NFL? How many times did he get burned today? How many tackes did he miss? Watching the replay now on NFL Network and all I can say is, enough with the Chevas!

Greg

August 28th, 2010
6:04 am

What the hell is wrong with Ryan?

Samuel

August 28th, 2010
6:49 am

Matt Ryan has to play better with accuracy and consistency. If you look at the Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning show, he’s got a ways to go. Other than Biermann, I didn’t see anybody on defense that stood out. but collectively they played well. The offense wasn’t consistent- if we play an NFL team with a high power offense, we’ll be hard pressed to keep up. The offensive coodinator has to do a better job of calling plays. Some of that play calling was horrible. This team has to go to Pittsburg an get a win. Plain and simple.

Scott Anderson

August 28th, 2010
8:34 am

Ryan was off on his passes. Falcons offense looked pathetic.

No go to receiver other than White and he aint exactly a burner that gets open easily. The underthrow to White in the endzone gives cause for concern. Turner the burner goes down with one hit on his leg.

He is supposed to bring thunder and lightning. Turner is bringing dirt naps.

Offensive line looks like a sieve.

Defense played ok but nothing special

Its preseason but its close to the real deal.

I may be changing my mind on the Falcons being able to beat Pittsburgh in the first game.

They will pull Leftwitch in the first quarter. Once that happens and Dixon comes in at QB. The Falcons goose will be cooked.

McBubba

August 28th, 2010
8:41 am

For a team that is so dependent on field goals, the Birds may want to find a better kicker the Bryant..

mountain_jim

August 28th, 2010
8:49 am

This does not appear to be the offense for a 12-4 type team. Mularkey’s bad play-calling, Ryan’s lack of accuracy, porr LT pass-blocking, turnovers, another year of poor FG results, looks like another 9-7 playoff miss to me unless the O gets alot better.

truth

August 28th, 2010
10:09 am

NBA, what are you gonna say when the season starts and they are still playing like a college team? And a bad college team at that. I’m sorry for the negativity, but I’ve been a fan since the late 70’s and I’m sick of the roller coaster ride.

truth

August 28th, 2010
10:11 am

Falcons 12-4…..whatever! If I see satan at Lowe’s buying a heater…. then I might believe.

sean

August 28th, 2010
10:39 am

I saw three passes that roddy white should have made. Ryan really needs to calm down and the o-line needs to block better(part of the blame for bad passes by ryan)

local fan

August 28th, 2010
10:46 am

We got rid of Houston, Chevis Jackson is next. Offense is starting to click but it’s definitelly not there yet. Defense much better after the NE game. Front office needs to bring in a couple kickers and re-start the competition. Slowly getting to where we need to be for Sep 12

RobbE33

August 28th, 2010
11:07 am

Ryan was WAY too nervous. The receivers looked like prim donnas at times, adjusting their tiaras rather than scrapping for the ball. It was nice to see defensive speed and urgency but I would still like to see a more consistent pass rush and cover skills. I know it was preseason and players tend to give just enough to get by but not enough to risk injury, but the Falcons have a ways to go before anyone should consider them one of the elite just yet. The good news is, they’re headed in the right direction.

JD

August 28th, 2010
11:53 am

Ryan looks unsure in the pocket, even a bit lost. He’s dancing, almost like he’s got too much going on in his head to just relax and throw. I still think he needs to go back and look at film of his rookie year – he may not have known the playbook but he played with authority and the team believed in him. Right now he’s indecisive and showing zero arm strength. Big season needed from him this year and he’s just not getting in gear yet…..

Sly Ty

August 28th, 2010
11:57 am

Defense looked great. You guys are so doom and gloom. You will all feel better after we beat down the steelers on September 12. Can’t believe you guys are complaining about a win, of which the defense refused to allow a touchdown.

truth

August 28th, 2010
12:45 pm

Sly, the Steelers D will not let us get away with our figgity offense.

utas

August 28th, 2010
1:04 pm

The first team offense should have put at least 21 points on the board in the first half. Many missed opportunities… I doubt we will even make the playoffs with this level of offensive performance.

Manny

August 28th, 2010
1:58 pm

9-7. I’m still going to stand behind my prediction. Our defense is pretty good. I think they game-planned this game. They either made the Dolphins look bad, or the Dolphins are just bad. I think it’s more that the Falcons are getting better.

On the offensive side, I can totally see that Matt Ryan needs to get better and that he should be able to beat good teams via the pass. If not, the Falcons will rely too much on Michael Turner and Turner will get injured in the process. Then we will have to rely on Matt Ryan to win big games, and he can’t. He’s OK, but not that good as to carry the team with his arm.

So it looks like a 9-7 team. We will beat bad teams and lose against good teams. We will probably catch a team by surprise, but then get upset by a team that’s up-and-coming.

So it’s a 9-7 team.

fanATicaL

August 28th, 2010
2:04 pm

This was a great game to watch and assess.No Dunta and we got to see where Chevas is in his coverage and tackling.Made some real rookie mistakes .But he is at best 4th or 5th in rotation from either side.
What about the offensive lines.No wonder we traded Ojinaka.With the depth that we have and quality of depth.They looked great ,Svitek,Romberg,Johnson.The more we win in the trenches.The more we will win games.Im excited for the season
Go Falcons

PlanB

August 28th, 2010
2:42 pm

I saw good and bad. Ryan has never been an accurate passer but we seem to get the job done. We are 20-14 in his first two years. His inaccuracy and having WR’s that drop the ball and we still get wins. After those two years we have all those guys plus Jerry, Moore, Douglas and Williams back. Safeties look pretty good. Grimes was starting to look good. Sid and Beer have come on exceptionally well. JA is starting to help. We drafted some help on the OL and DL and we have Spoon. I think many teams struggle during preseason. I hope I’m right.

PlanB

August 28th, 2010
4:32 pm

We averaged 23 points a game last year if my calculations are correct. I predict about the same this year. The difference should be in the defense. We were 9-7 with all the injuries, the tough schedule with teams coming off their bye weeks and losing a couple of games because of our field goal kicker. I think Bryant will be OK. Can’t be much worse than last year. He did well after Elam was released, before he was injuried.

now that's funny

August 28th, 2010
5:52 pm

We really do have terrible fans. I don’t care if Matt Ryan is 0 for 50, if we win the damn game why would anyone care. You don’t get style points. This team is going to grind out games and win them 17-10 or 7-3, it’s not going to be flashy, or maybe even exciting, but…they will win because they’re tough, well coached, and every player is held accountable for their performance. This could be a great team, too bad they play for a horrible, unknowledgable, fair weather fan base!!!

SAINTS LSU

August 28th, 2010
6:14 pm

Did you guys see the Saints offense man that offense is great 30 points a game again this year

truth

August 28th, 2010
7:28 pm

What was the aints avg. points per game in 2008?

Scooter

August 28th, 2010
8:03 pm

Ryan is an average at best QB. He over threw wide open recievers last year and you can see it was no fluke. Over throwing a wide open R. White for a sure TD is inexcusable. He has great work ethics but average talent. He also needs to get better at looking for his 2nd and 3rd options on pass plays. He’s terrible about locking in on the primary reciever. 9-7 missing the playoffs is looking more realistic. I actually thought we might go to the playoffs, but after watching Ryan work these 2 pre-season games I’m not so sure. Also we must have the worst group of wide recievers in the NFL except for R. White.

UC

August 28th, 2010
8:36 pm

Planb & now that”s funny are right on, why is everyone so negative? It’s the preseason!!!

The Big Chicken

August 28th, 2010
8:44 pm

The Falcons will keep the Defense on the field way to long buy not getting the 3rd and 7 converted to a 1st and 10. Defense will begin to wear down in the 4th Quarter. Then Matt Ryan will wake up, more like calm down in the 4th quarter and make a good come back. But it will be all to late, as always. I have been a fan since the Gritz Blitz, William Andrews, Junior Miller, Steve B-ski! WHATEVER!!

hiramsaint

August 28th, 2010
9:29 pm

this is 2010 truth and that means 0-2 against the saints again this year—553 yds against the 13-3 chargers last night and held matthews to 3.3 per carry vs. over 5 their 1st 2 games. bring on ‘dem turdy birds

GTMustang

August 28th, 2010
10:31 pm

Nothing to see here but a bunch of doom and gloom. You’d think we’d just lost the week 1 game, instead of a week 3 preseason game where little to no tape and preparation went into it and the Falcons still won.

Saint fans, don’t come on here bragging about a preseason win. No wonder you guys are so hated.

hiramsaint

August 29th, 2010
3:44 am

sorry gt but you know naught. this is the 1st preseason game with a gameplan. we’re not braggin’ about the win but about the way it was carried out

head-mo-fo

August 29th, 2010
7:21 am

Matt Bryant had better start looking over his shoulder. The front office is looking for another kicker as I type. We dropped three games last year due to poor place kicking. I can’t imagine being in a close game and depending on Matt Bryant like we did Jason Elam last year. We passed on young place kickers that could have been had late in the draft that would have improved our team. I sure hope I am wrong but, this could be interesting.

georgiadawgg

August 29th, 2010
8:06 am

matt ryan needs a whole lot of work.

alanfalcon

August 29th, 2010
8:56 am

If the defense continues to play the way they did against the Dolphins the offense will only get better, we are rounding into shape.

GO FALCONS, GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hiramsaint

August 29th, 2010
9:22 am

what kind of logic is that?

veedub

August 29th, 2010
9:24 am

@most of yall. Now yall see what I have been saying!! Matt Ryan is not as accurate as he should be and his long ball is not very long at all. He badly underthrew a couple of long balls that would have easily been touchdowns from a QB with a decent arm. One was about a 45 yarder to the end zone and he threw it about 38 yards. It looked so weak. OMG!!!! we are in trouble and I saw this last year. Matty Ice needs to step it up to impress me.

And Roddy White…… Not looking like one of the elite top 10 WR’s right now. Without him catching balls, who else is there… We got a lot of work to do!!!! Where is the FIRE and PASSION???? These guys just seem to be going through the motions……

veedub

August 29th, 2010
9:33 am

@atlantafalcon… That is a crazy statement.. How is it that our offense is now suppose to feed off our defense all of a sudden??? Our defense is still not as good as it could be and they are going to have another average year, but we expect that. What we shouldn’t expect is for our offense to have another average year. They are struggling to get into the end zone again and it was the same last year which is what makes the defense worse than it is because the OFFENSE CANNOT SCORE and the defense always on the field!!!!!!!! AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SEES THIS??????

hiramsaint

August 29th, 2010
11:47 am

i’m with you on that veedub but don’t expect the falcons fans to even remotely understand simple logic

POLOBOY

August 29th, 2010
12:11 pm

THIS IS GONNA MAKE U GUYS MAD BUT WHO CARES. i BEEN A SEASON TICKET HOLDERS FOR DECADES AND I AM MAD AS HELL. I SAY WE MAKE WILSON OUR NUMBER 1 QB THEN REDMAN THEN RYAN THEN MAYBE HE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

old qb

August 29th, 2010
4:20 pm

Wow, some of you guys are strict. Hate to have you on a jury if I was a defendant. There was good news. William Moore is a hitter. And he’ll have another year to learn behind Coleman. If Grimes has another six interceptions this year maybe some of you will quit saying he’s too short. One of the greatest corners in the game played for twenty years and is in the hall of fame, but he was only 5′9″. His name is Darryl Green. Spoon will be a force. Trey Lewis will anchor the line. Beer Man is becoming the real deal.
Only disappointment so far is Sam Baker. He could lose his spot to Svitek.
All that said 10-6 is a lot more realistic than 12-4.

SAINTS LSU

August 29th, 2010
11:24 pm

@ Truth in 2008 the saints points per game were 31.5 a game there were number 1 in the NFL Brees throw for 5000 yard thank you

JYD

August 30th, 2010
8:51 am

Matt Ryan reminded me of happy feet Joey Harrington, offense on third down seems predictable Ryan seems to go on his 1st White and 2nd Gonzo reads only. Ithink the defense will improve this yr only suspect is chevas who looked like De’Angelo Fall. I agree the offense will keep the defense on the field for a long time, going 8-8 will be more realistic with all the above.

Gatorzone

August 30th, 2010
9:17 am

Matt Ryan was definitely off in his accuracy, but Butterfingers White needs to start earning that huge salary he commanded last year! No way is he a top 10 receiver in the NFL!

Veedub

August 30th, 2010
12:09 pm

@POLOBOY… I disagree with your comment. Redman should be the #1.. At least he looks steady in the pocket.

Veedub

August 30th, 2010
12:38 pm

And why does Matt Ryan consistently down the ball when the defense jumps offsides? What the hell is up with that???? Has nobody told him that that is a free play?? WTF… Let the defense jump offsides on a Peyton, Brees, or Big Ben.. what they do… Throw the long ball, take a chance at a big play. Does this irritate anyone else??? He is not a rookie, why does he not understand this…. more importantly why hasnt the coaching staff addressed it. He has been doing that since he came into the league… WTF!!!!!!!!!

DirtyBird3

August 30th, 2010
2:57 pm

The Falcons appear solid at most aspects of the game accept the passing game. Matt Ryan hasn’t been a consistent QB since his rookie year. I remember how he started throwing interceptions towards the end of the year but was good for most of the season. He seemed to digress last season but that was excusable for a 2nd year QB. He hasn’t had a solid game this preseason which accounts for the lack of points and overall lackluster offensive production. It’s preseason and he could very well breakout at Pittsburgh. However, in my humble opinion if the Falcons fail to make a SB appearance with group of players it will probably be because of an inconsistent passing game. Sure do hope I’m wrong.