FLOWERY BRANCH – After most games, coaches are in a tough spot.
You want to get detail explanations of plays and they will invariably tell you “I have to look at the film.”
So, I like to try get some highlights of the film review for you all.
Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of head coach Mike Smith’s film review of the 15-13 loss to Jacksonville:
SMITH: “Like all preseason games, there were some good things and some bad things that stood out. On the plus side, we were able to create some turnovers. I thought that was a big positive for us. We had the two takeaways on the plus side of the 50.
“On the negative side. . . it was real evident that we weren’t very good in third-and-long. You work your tail off to get guys in third-and-long and we had 10 situations where we were in third-and-8-plus and we weren’t as efficient as we needed to be for a number of reasons.
“It wasn’t just one area. Again, we are not game-planning for these games and we were looking at certain defenses that we wanted to run. We ran those defenses in those situations. If we were game planning, it would have been a different deal.
“On the offensive side, we weren’t good in third-and-4 or less. When you have an advantage to get in those situations, you’ve got to convert. We weren’t as efficient there. I think we had five times where we were in third-and-4 or less and we did not convert in those situations. Those are the two things that really stood out from the film evaluations.
“We got to look at a lot of guys. Some guys we wanted to really stretch them in terms of the number of snaps that they’ve ever been exposed to. We felt like that we got a good evaluation in that area.”
ON ANY OTHER POSITIVES, OTHER THAN HARRY DOUGLAS AND JACQUIZZ RODGERS: “I thought that one of our offensive linemen Andrew “The President” Jackson improved from week one to week two. That was a positive. That was a big thing that we were looking for, individual improvement across the board from week one to week two.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog