What players had to say after the Jacksonville loss

Falcons quarterback Chris Redman (8), left, is sacked by Jaguars defensive end Larry Hart (59) during first half action. Associated Press

Falcons quarterback Chris Redman (8), left, is sacked by Jaguars defensive end Larry Hart (59) during first half action. Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE – Backup quarterback Chris Redman started against the Jacksonville Jaguars and turned in a solid performance.

Redman completed 15 of 22 passes for 142 yards and had a quarterback rating of 85.8. He played the first half before giving way to John Parker Wilson.

Here’s what Redman and some of the players had to say after the game:


ON THE OFFENSE: “I thought the group did well. The offensive line did a good job. We turned the ball over a couple of times and fell just short of the endzone down there in the redzone. Other than that I felt we were pretty sharp.”

ON GETTING SOME EXTENDED ACTION: “You never know when it’s going to happen during the season, so anytime you get an extended time to play it’s good for not only me, but for everybody on the offense. I thought the guys played well. It’s just a matter of us finishing drives. It was good work for everybody. I think we got a lot accomplished tonight.”

ON TIGHT END MICHAEL PALMER, WHO LED THE TEAM WITH FIVE CATCHES: “I think he has a chance to be a pretty good player. I think he looks really comfortable catching the ball. He’s real relaxed out there. He is a really good tight end.”


ON THE OPENER: “I feel pretty good. As a team, we have a lot of work to do in one week to get ready for Pittsburgh. We’ll come in tomorrow and start work. All the guys seem to have a positive attitude. The main thing tonight that we tried to do was, come out and play hard and  technique-sound football.”


ON HIS PLAY: “I felt like I made a lot of progress and that comes from preparation.”

Falcons tight end Michael Palmer (81) has the ball knocked loose on a hard hit by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Sean Considine (37) as Jaguars cornerback Terrell Whitehead follows up the play. Associated Press

Falcons tight end Michael Palmer (81) has the ball knocked loose on a hard hit by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Sean Considine (37) as Jaguars cornerback Terrell Whitehead follows up the play. Associated Press

ON WHAT IT MEANT TO START AND WHEN HE FOUND OUT HE WAS STARTING: “It meant a lot. The coaches let us know today. It was a great to have the opportunity to come in and start and show them what I can do.”

ON WHEN HIS INSTINCTS WILL START TO TAKE OVER: “Now. It goes back to film study and being comfortable with what you’ve got going on. Because as a rookie you don’t have a great idea about what’s going on. So you’re just out there running around trying to find the ball.”


ON GOING INTO THE SEASON WITH MOMENTUM AFTER MAKING THREE FIELD GOALS: “It always feels good to contribute and get those points on the board. You’d rather that they were extra points, but sometimes your job is to get the three. It’s good to go into the season with those under my belt. It’s a little bit of momentum. It was a good operation and I hit the ball solid.”


ON PLAYING: “It felt pretty good to run around and play some football. It was a lot of work getting through this training camp. It paid off for me since I was able to go play some football. Actually, I was very prepared. That’s why I was comfortable out there. They didn’t do anything really off the wall when I was in. I was able to get the defense set and I was ready to rock and roll.”

ON GETTING A SHOT TO MAKE THE TEAM: “That was it. This was like a homecoming. I live like 20 minutes from here. I had a lot of support and that really helped me out on the field, knowing this was a good opportunity. I just thank God for it. I just went out there and played the best I could.”

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69 comments Add your comment


September 3rd, 2010
1:06 am

Remember folks, it WAS a pre-season game.


September 3rd, 2010
1:46 am

Sly Ty

September 3rd, 2010
1:50 am

True Dennis, but the Run Defense continues to look Outstanding. JA98 looks good stuffing the run.

Whopper Dawg

September 3rd, 2010
3:30 am

We cannot get into the end zone. Big Ben won’t be playing tin the first game, but maybe he won’t have to, if we are held to field goals.


September 3rd, 2010
3:31 am

willie g loves football

September 3rd, 2010
4:35 am


Smiling Jack

September 3rd, 2010
5:35 am

Falcons 24 Steelers 17! Go Falcons!


September 3rd, 2010
6:12 am

If the Falcons play to their potential, they should win at least 13 games this year. If pre-season is any indication of how prepared they are to achieve that potential, they’ll win 4 games.


September 3rd, 2010
6:20 am

The Falcons didn’t look great in the preseason, however, you never want to show too much. I hope our defense continues playing lights out. Our offense has got to finish drives..with touchdowns, not field goals. That is concerning.

The Grinch

September 3rd, 2010
6:36 am

Don’t take the pre-season too seriously. Troy Bergeron won’t be dropping perfect passes in Pittsburgh; he’ll be trying to get on another team’s practice squad.

The defense is looking pretty stout. Chevis Jackson should consider switching to safety if he wants to play in the NFL; he just doesn’t have the cover skills he needs to be a corner. But Jamaal Anderson is actually starting to look like an asset. Schillinger and Sidbury showing flashes but still works in progress.

Harvey screwed up on the holding penalty but that pass interference call was nonsense. The corner saw he was about to get burned and flopped like a Brazilian soccer player.

Liked what I saw of Palmer; hope he makes the team. Same with Valdez; he’s turning into a pretty good tackle.

This team should go 11-5.


September 3rd, 2010
7:18 am

We saw Antoine Smith speed, but in the last few games he lacks concentration. I didn’t see alot of big plays from the offense or defense. Jerious Norwood made a big play, Can he stay healthy?

Season Ticket Holder

September 3rd, 2010
7:32 am

The pre-season is over. Let’s turn up the offense about 5 notches and play solid defense. Let’s have a great season!!


September 3rd, 2010
7:34 am

I sure am glad we rested our first string offense this week, because they have looked SO sharp this preseason, obviously they didn’t need anymore work. I mean, Patriots first string offense was so shaky this preseason (especially against us), they needed more work yesterday against the Giants.

Just doesn’t make sense to me. Rise up, huh? We shall see


September 3rd, 2010
8:07 am

Palmer has to make it, over Zinger (probably). Tony G needs someone to groom.

Mike Jay

September 3rd, 2010
8:20 am

Offense will be fine. IMO Ryan and the starters looked bored for most of the preseason except when they did the no huddle. They were playing super vanilla offense. It will take them about 2 quarters to get going but once that train is a moving they will be fine. I envision a lot of 2 TE sets this year.


September 3rd, 2010
8:37 am


September 3rd, 2010
3:31 am
Couldn’t have said it better…………………!!!


September 3rd, 2010
8:40 am

A great night. Like I said yesterday – no key offensive people and a defensive focus on establishing the D-line rotation.

I wonder if all the JA#98 haters were watching. Keep in mind the Falcons starting O-line were in t-shirts but the Jags starters were on the field.

A few of the bubble players made the Turk’s job easier. Say bye bye to Bergeron, A Smith, and a few others. If any TEs go down across the league it will be hard to keep Palmer on the practice sqaud.


September 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

I hope the decision to keep Dunta Robinson in bubble-wrap all pre-season, doesn’t backfire. I don’t care how many reps you get in practice, they have a pre-season for a reason and nothing preps you like the game. Hopefully the guys have learned alot and last night will be the last loss for this season.


September 3rd, 2010
9:04 am

I douldn’t get any of the preseason games does Harry Douglas look to be fully recovered?


September 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

Very, very encouraging to see Norwood run so well! Mularkey needs to find ways to make him an integral force in the offense by scrapping his usual role as the Wildcat specialist and just geting him to the edge anyway they can so he can have more explosive runs like last night’s. Incorporate him into the no-huddle schemes as well. An injury free Norwood for a whole season could be the difference between the playoffs and a non-playoff 9-7 record.


September 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

@Ackshun I am quite sure Dunta got a copy of the playbook AND a definition of his role in this defense. Heck the probably gave him a few snaps in practice as well.

Now comes some real game planning. Interesting to see how Lofton will play against Mendenhall and, when he releases, Dixon. If he plays up to level it will be a long Sept 12 for the Steelers and their home fans.


September 3rd, 2010
9:25 am

Hey DOL Leftwitch is hurt & will probably miss the opener. I think that Dixon gives them a better chance against us with his mobility, as a matter of fact I think Batch would play better too because of his knowledge of Pittsburgh’s playbook. I was thinking that we would win easily with Byron back there with no mobility & a suspect O-line. As we all know to well, Byron will turn it over a lot.

Now who knows what to expect, their defense should play solid with the flying Samoan back, so I think it will be a real toss up. Unless our defense just completely overwhelms the kid we may be in for a tough opener. Don’t forget Falcon fans if not for one mistake against a tough Baltimore defense this kid would have a playoff victory under his belt !!!


September 3rd, 2010
9:27 am

@SOUTH GA DAWG FAN. I thought Harry Douglas played pretty well. Would be great to see him contribute in the slot and take over for Finneran as a third down threat.


September 3rd, 2010
9:33 am

Whining about preseason = you don’t know squat about football.

D Money

September 3rd, 2010
9:36 am

@ ReddJonn68 Pittsburgh will have the same O-line and their backups have not looked at all sharp. What Dixon brings to the table is what our defense is built to guard against…speed. I agree that Batch has a better idea of the playbook but if the talent around him is just Mendenhall and Ward then they are suppose to loose.

I think the battle is whether our offense can stay on the field against that defense.


September 3rd, 2010
9:44 am

Yeah their O-line. JA#55 against Flozell? Umpire get your flag ready.

Ted M

September 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

This game was meaningless. But the first team’s offense over the whole preseason may not be meaningless. I’m worried, part of that is because of the Falcons long crappy history.
Lets hope the offense’s preseason lack of execution is long since forgotten by week 3.


September 3rd, 2010
10:02 am

I am not worried about offensive execution. I am certain our offense will execute multiple executions this season.


September 3rd, 2010
10:05 am

@ D Money Thats why I mentioned Batch if its a chess match at the half & both defenses are playing well, I would not be surprised if Tomlin went to Batch, whether that suspect O-line is struggling or not. With Big Ben out, Tomlin’s gonna throw the kitchen sink at everyone those first few games to scratch out a victory !!!


September 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Pittsburgs offensive line remains hot garbage. They need to wreak havoc like they did in the Miami game last year.


September 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

I would have liked to have seen more passing down the field in the 20-30 yard area and also trying to win the game and not just use the game to evaluate players. I think it is important to win these games than lose them. Coach Smith seemed so laid back during the game that i didn’t see any emotion to win this game from him at all, guess he thinks he doesn’t need any improvement in his coaching or managing a game at the end to win it. OT Valdez, SS Moore, TE Palmer, WR Wolfe and Strickland played well, look for Bergeron, Buckley and Harvey to be cut. RB Smith and Nance probably cut as well.


September 3rd, 2010
11:18 am

Let the cuts begin. Time for some REAL football that games count.


September 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

The Falcons have not shown much success in the Red Zone in the past 2 years, and also this preseason. I don’t feel that their lack of success is due to the players, but rather due to the OC’s play calling. The Team moves the ball with efficiency down the field but for some reason looks like a totally different team once in the Red Zone. If the Falcons are to make it into the Playoffs once again, the OC needs to take some notes from the Saints and Patriots playbook. And I know that the front office won’t change the OC this year, but if we are to make it to the Super Bowl, I honestly feel we need to make a change with the OC.


September 3rd, 2010
11:23 am

What exactly are any of you worried about?

Is Ryan going to be better than last year? Yes, easily. He’s healthy, no turf-toe.

Is White going to be better than last year? Should be. HD will help absorb defenders.

Is Turner going to be better than last year? Absolutely. He’s healthy & in incredible shape.

Is HD & Norwood going to help make a difference? How could they not?

Is the pass rush going to be better than last year? Absolutely. In fact it’s probably going to be the most improved part of our team.

Is the pass defense going to be better than last year? How could it not be? An improved pass rush helps it by default & we’ve upgraded everywhere.

Easier schedule on top of everything.

You guys need to stop reading into the preseason & depend more on history & what we actually know to be true. Teams that improve like we have don’t all of a sudden get worse for no reason.


September 3rd, 2010
11:25 am

@Sly Ty – Agreed. Overall, I have been more satisfied than not when the D-Line starters have been in the trenches. I’m just amazed that there are still folks out there who can’t grasp the concept of evaluating new players instead of winning at all costs. That’s what pre-season is all about. Barring injuries like last year, I think we’ll have an enjoyable season.


September 3rd, 2010
11:34 am

I realize that most of the starters sat out last night’s game but I have to say I am pretty underwhelmed by what I have seen out of the Falcons this preseason. 13.75 points per game.

The Jags, Miami and KC were not good teams last year and many do not expect much out of them in 2010. The only playoff team ATL played was New England and they manhandled the Falcons.

I hope I am wrong but I don’t see this team making the playoffs.



September 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

I know we saw other teams put up mega points in the pre season but here are some scores for you all to consider:
17,9,17,10. These scores were from the preseason of 2008, you know the year we drafted Matt Ryan and went 11-5

26,20,27,3. These scores were last preseason when we went 9-7 that year. So please don’t put a lot of stock into the preseason. The only time you put stock into preason is when you are looking at the “bubble” players or if you are playing Madden and you have a profile that keeps up with how many wins you get.

Bird Droppings

September 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

When will the next cuts be announced?


September 3rd, 2010
11:54 am

I’m sure they didn’t read my post yesterday, but flat did what I said they should do. Keep the starters out, lose the game, and go home. Everyone is free of major injuries, and fresh for the opening game.

Coolest in the Clutch

September 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

Nesbitt for Heisman

old qb

September 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

William Moore is going to be a star by next year. He’s a real hitter. Bergeron will make it. He had four good catches and ran well on a reverse. He dropped an easy one in the endzone–just like Roddy White did last year against Denver that would have made the Falcons 10-6.
Valdez is worth keeping. Chevis Jackson is gone–terrific athlete, nothing between his ears.
Nance will stick. Bear Woods is worth a shot, Robert James is too light.


September 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

Glad it’s over. Now, I have to be ready to make some different excuses other than “it’s just pre-season.”


September 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

Old QB:

My take on your thoughts; thanks for sharing.

Bergeron won’t make it: Weems and Finn are definitely better, and that’s 5. Roddy White is just a bit better than Troy.

Jackson is gone–terrible athlete, good between his ears most of the time. He’s a slow, anticipation cover-2 CB and I just don’t think he’s got enough burst to even do that. Moving him to FS is possible, but SS is the greater need.

Valdez will be here for one game until Johnson returns unless he can play tackle and guard decently. Reynolds is a project, Svitek looked OK last year, Johnson’s the primary G backup, and Hawley can backup C/G. That’s 9 OL and is potentially light at center, so I’d expect the 9th slot to go to someone with versatility and if Valdez is flexible, he might beat out Svitek, but Svitek does have Falcons game tape from last year for the coaches to look at.

Nance might be PS’d, bu he really hasn’t shown much.

Robert James is gone unless he can play SS. I don’t think he can.

Bear Woods or Spenser Adkins? No clue, but with Peterson likely the 2nd string at MLB, there aren’t a whole lot of demands at this spot as to the type of LB, so versatility/ST/upside likely wins.


September 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Why no report on Falcons apparently switching G. Reynolds to RG and Valdez to RT? This seems more than just cross-training. What led to the decision?


September 3rd, 2010
1:38 pm

truth- i’m really suprised to read what you wrote @ 12:35. i totally agree but suprised to see it coming from you. keep the faith brother!


September 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

We don’t see the team in practice but the coaches do, so we really don’t know how ready the first team offense will be. I’ll frankly be shocked if they don’t perform very well next week. A little concerned about wideout depth, but that’s it.

The defense – we’ve only seen it in pieces. Will be very interesting to see how the play as a unit. This team will go as far as the defense takes it or allows it to go.

old qb

September 3rd, 2010
2:16 pm

j–Liked and appreciate your comments. About Bear Woods, didn’t Adkins get injured last night. You’re right, James is gone. Choosing between Woods and Adkins, I say they go with Woods. Both are really strong side LB’s, but can play the middle. Woods just seems to be more of a hitter and plays fast. Coaches like that

why oh why

September 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

Do we allow Saints fans on these blogs.

Big Ray

September 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

I wonder why people think that preseason games are a direct indicator of regular season games? Well I know why hiramsaint does….but that’s cureable with medication. What are other people’s excuses?


September 3rd, 2010
2:43 pm

The Falcons stay reasonably healthy, they make the playoffs.