TAMPA – Here’s what the Falcons were saying after the game.
WR JULIO JONES
ON THE LOSS: [The Buccaneers] were the better team today. We tried to pull it out; it’s just something that we need to continue to keep working on.
ON HIS FIRST CAREER 100-YARD GAME: I really did not know I had one hundred yards. They needed me to show up and I tried my best to do what was necessary.
ON THE MATCHUP WITH CB AQIB TALIB: He’s a good corner, physical and [has] great size as well. I’ll see him again, but he’s a great athlete.
CB DUNTA ROBINSON
ON THE DEFENSE: These young guys that I play with on the back end are getting better and better every week. So we’re just trying to go out there and win. Obviously, [today] it wasn’t good enough to win, which is the main thing. Everything we did really doesn’t matter, because we didn’t win the football game. Winning is the biggest thing. This was a disappointing loss for us.
ON STOPPING THE SCREEN: We understood that was one of our nemeses in our past two games. So we wanted to come out here and get those things stopped early. They did some things that we haven’t seen, which a team in your division is going to do. They’re going to give you a lot of new looks. For the most part, we knew what kind of offense they were going to come out there and run, and did they things that we thought they were going to do.
ON COREY PETERS OFFSIDES PENALTY: It’s tough, man, those guys are so anxious. It’s fouth-and-one, we’re out of timeouts. You can tell the guy not jump a million times, watch the ball a million times. But when all the quarterback has to get is six inches, those guys are looking to chop their man and make a play. We need to have more discipline then that; we can’t give them those opportunities. But, hey, we shouldn’t be in the fourth-and-inches, anyway.
S THOMAS DeCOUD
ON THE DEFENSE: We have to figure out what’s not going right and make sure we get it corrected. We are not playing up to our full potential right now.
ON HIS INTERCEPTION: They got down in our red-zone, [so] we needed to make a play to get the ball back to our offense [because] if they had scored on that drive it would have given them a lot of momentum. We were in a coverage where I could free up. [I] played the run and slid back into coverage and plucked the ball out of the air.
SS WILLIAM MOORE
ON TAMPA RB LeGARRETTE BLOUNT: He’s good on his feet. For his size, he can definitely move and you have to respect the kind of athlete he is. We never took that for granted [today].
ON THE DEFENSE: It’s discipline, you know. We had a couple of offside penalties and we just have to discipline ourselves. Josh is a big boy. We knew that, [and] they have a big back [Blount] that kept pushing the ball up the middle. We just have to get better.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog