7:00 am September 30, 2010, by D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Mike Smith has not been shy about going
for it on fourth down over his three seasons as head coach.
Under Smith, the Falcons have converted 25 of 41 fourth-down attempts (61 percent), which is sixth in the NFL over that period.
This season, the Falcons have converted three of five fourth-down attempts, including two in a 19-play touchdown drive against the Saints.
Last season, the Falcons ranked fourth in the NFL in fourth-down efficiency, converting 16 of 23 attempts for a 69.6 percentage.
“Coach Smith has had a lot of confidence in the offense in going for it on fourth downs,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “The biggest thing as a player, you want to make the most of it. It’s good that they are not hesitant to make those kind of calls.”
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