FLOWERY BRANCH – With the rare in-season Sunday off, Falcons coach Mike Smith was just like your average football fan.
He was at home in his basement with his remote ready for duty.
During the early games, he was doing some hard-core game surfing.
“I had the chance to flip around and drive my daughter and wife crazy with all of the channel flipping,” Smith said. “I’d just flip back and forth through the games like any normal fan would that has the NFL ticket.”
For the 4 p.m. game, he did some “TV scouting” of the St. Louis Rams vs. the San Francisco 49ers.
“NFL All-Access is really good to have,” Smith said. “I sat down there in the basement and had the opportunity to watch the entire game. I saw two pretty good football teams play yesterday. I was very impressed with the Rams.”
Despite San Francisco’s 23-20 win in overtime, Smith was impressed with St. Louis rookie quarterback Sam Bradford.
“He was very efficient,” Smith said. “I think he threw the ball well. He’s completing over 62 percent of his passes and they are 4-1 at home this season. I think he has a very good understanding of their offense. You can see that he has a good command of it.”
Rams running back Steven Jackson also put on a show during Smith’s “TV scout.”
“He’s a big back that you’ve got to put your pads on,” said Smith, who didn’t flip over to the Redzone. “He’s also a threat out of the backfield. That catch that he made on the back shoulder fade on the defensive left side of the field was just an amazing catch.”