What the Falcons were saying . . . .

MIKE SMITH, Falcons head coach

On safety Thomas DeCoud: Thomas had an outstanding game. He was doing a very nice job there in the back end and had some opportunities to make plays and when they came his way he was able to make the plays. That’s what you have to be able to do. Those were two very athletic plays on the turnovers.

On Matt Ryan’s play: Matt had a very good game. I think out entire offense had a good game. I believe Matt was 30 of 40, 75 completion percentage. I know there’s a throw or two he would’ve like to have back but I thought it was really efficient play by our offense. The game plan that our offense put together was outstanding and the guys went out and executed it.

MATT RYAN, quarterback

On if the offense got tired on the 17-play drive: I felt OK. I was a little winded. It was warm out there. It felt a lot like Atlanta. I felt good enough and that’s one of the things we started out huddling in that drive then wee up-tempo’d it later. It kept them off balance and that was big. Our guys did a great job battling. They kept player.”

On if he feels different: “Yeah, I think so. I think each team is different. The confidence level across the board is probably higher than it’s been. That’s not to say we haven’t been confident in the past. We’ve had some good football teams in the past. I think it’s early. We’re only three weeks into it, but collectively we played really good football.”

TONY GONZALEZ, tight end

On the 3-0 start: It’s just 3-0. That’s all it is. It’s a great start. That’s all that it is. We have started strong.


On the turnovers: Guys are just attacking the ball. Never quitting on plays. Like that last play when Will [Moore] knocked the ball out. He was trying to get some extra yards. We had to keep fighting. Will came in and knocked the ball out and recovered it.

DUNTA ROBINSON, cornerback

On the safeties: It’s a lot of fun. Like I told Asante [Samuel], we have to get into this mix some kind of way. The safeties are kind of taking off with the ball. We have to make some plays on the ball. We are making them, but we are just not intercepting them. We can’t let the safeties lead this team in interceptions.”

On the national pundits picking the Chargers to win: If don’t nobody believe in us, we believe in each other. We played with a lot of confidence. We have a lot of fun in practice. We have a lot of fun on Sundays. We really don’t listen to outsiders because we know how hard we work. That’s really all that matters to us.

JOHN ABRAHAM, defensive end

On the short week: We have a mature team here even with a lot of the young guys and we all know what we have to do. Our coach also did a great job of resting us this week so we weren’t too beat up coming in here.”


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7 comments Add your comment


September 23rd, 2012
10:21 pm

wow, never had the first comment before….

What a great team win, we are looking scary good.


September 23rd, 2012
10:23 pm

Great game! This was the best team we played so far. The defense was swarming… fast to the ball. You can see the defense is playing a significantly different scheme. It may take the corners a little while to catch up to the safeties but they are all looking good. They are flying to the ball and playing with instinct. The offense is starting to exectute more consistenly. Continuous improvement across the board… WAY to GO FALCONS! GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

John John

September 23rd, 2012
10:23 pm

Falcons dominate 27-3!!! Utter domination…. Julio nice TD catch, Tony G nice TD catch, Turner gashing some holes, Matt Ryan 30-40, DeCoud 2 ints. Weatherspoon nice Defense, Abe bringing some pressure. I couldnt ask for a better fall for me….

Braves in playoffs, wildcard definate, and slight chance of pulling out the division

Georgia Bulldogs 4-0 after 48-3 spanking of Vandy.

Falcons 3-0 after 27-3 spanking of Chargers!!!!



September 23rd, 2012
10:59 pm


Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
8:40 am

TONY GONZALEZ, tight end

On the 3-0 start: It’s just 3-0. That’s all it is.

Yes Tony……………………..it’s just a little ole teenie weenie 3 and 0 start…………..but it sure is sweet to be sitting on top of the Division and its the Falcons for the taking this year !


September 24th, 2012
10:50 pm

Hello 3-0…


September 25th, 2012
2:15 pm

Love Abe’s quote…

“We have a mature team…”

Should he have said “They are a mature team” because his recent actions don’t demonstrate maturity…assuming it finds out to be true.