Asante Samuel says the defense has ‘a long way to go’




091712 ATLANTA: Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker fumbles the football after the catch as he is leveled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel (right) during second quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Decker was able to recover his own fumble. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

091712 ATLANTA: Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker fumbles the football after the catch as he is leveled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel (right) during second quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Decker was able to recover his own fumble. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel needs some NoDoz tablets during the games to stay alert.

Teams have avoided his side of the field for extended portions of games. He doesn’t have an interception, just one pass break-up and 17 tackles.

“I always say in my head, they are coming at you soon,” Samuel said. “I just try to stay awake, stay alive and try to do whatever I can do to help my team, whether if it’s run support, communication or putting other people in places to make plays; whatever I can do to help.”

Samuel is expecting a big challenge from Washington, which features the league’s top rushing attack (175.5 per game) and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“He’s very explosive,” Samuel said of RG3. “Mike Shanahan has a good scheme and its very explosive.”

It’s hurt Samuel, who has 45 career interceptions, to watch as the defense has amassed 12 turnovers and he’s not been able to get a good whiff of the football.

“We are not going to let somebody stop us from doing what we do,” Samuel said. “We are going to do what we do and be the best at it. Their offense has a lot of challenges to it with the running back [Alfred Morris], the quarterback and the receivers; they have a lot of people over there making plays. The tight end [Fred Davis] is very explosive. You just have to run your scheme, be physical with them and try to confuse them as much as possible.”

Samuel was asked to rate the defense’s effort thus far on a scale of 1 to 10. He gave the unit a five.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” Samuel said.

 

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28 comments Add your comment

BrooklynFalc

October 4th, 2012
2:20 pm

We like the talk, Double Deuce. Now please just walk the walk. . .

Marcus

October 4th, 2012
2:26 pm

So, is A. Samuel basing his ‘5′ rating on unrealized potential of the D to be better or on the disappointing amount of rush yards given up?

Whadda Ya Know?

October 4th, 2012
2:28 pm

I’m not going to say it, but you all already know. We need our defense to be disciplined and physical this weekend.

Whadda Ya Know?

October 4th, 2012
2:30 pm

I hope we’re not looking at another close buzzer beater this weekend. My nerves couldn’t take the last 2 minutes last week. I’m sure the Skins will try and take a page or two from Carolina’s playbook. Smitty, Nolan and Koetter better have a solid gameplan to attack these boys on both sides of the ball.

falcone

October 4th, 2012
2:48 pm

oh my god a repeat of last weekend and we are all having heart attacks… the falcons fanbase will drop dead

Answer This

October 4th, 2012
3:01 pm

Looks like he is not only talking the talk but walking the walk!

Teams have avoided his side of the field for extended portions of games. He doesn’t have an interception, just one pass break-up and 17 tackles.

Tells me that they dont want to see you #22! Keep it up and they will come your way, they must test you and I know you know that!

True Falcon Fan

October 4th, 2012
3:11 pm

I like this guy Samuel’s — This man is a “REALIST” —- “No Gray” at all…….

Sounds to me is most definitely on the “RIGHTSIDE” of the house!

Go Falcons!!!!!

falCANS

October 4th, 2012
3:20 pm

Predictions: 10 for 60 yards rushing – Quizz, 100+ yards – JJ, 100+ yards -Roddy, 10 tckl- S.Nicholas, 1 int- A.Samuel

David

October 4th, 2012
3:43 pm

Our O line needs to tighten up !

Jst Askn

October 4th, 2012
4:21 pm

Amen Falcone!

stei

October 4th, 2012
4:28 pm

This will be first loss of the season..panthers exposed falcons.

Skins 30 falcons 24

BIGFRED

October 4th, 2012
4:48 pm

THE FALCONS WILL WIN FALCONS 31 SKINS 17

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 4th, 2012
5:09 pm

Falcons learn from cam newton and shut down rgIII 32 to 14

Red-N-Black

October 4th, 2012
5:14 pm

falcone

October 4th, 2012
2:48 pm

oh my god a repeat of last weekend and we are all having heart attacks… the falcons fanbase will drop dead

I live for that kind of stress and that kind of play – when we win!!!!! GO FALCONS!

Really?

October 4th, 2012
5:26 pm

Ray Drew needs to take a listen to what Samuel is preaching.

Mr. Hankey (Pankey)

October 4th, 2012
5:45 pm

superlatives, comments and braggadico are irrelevant before and after games. All that matters is what happens for 60 minutes on the field. ASam, love the attitude, love the hype, just please back it up when it comes your turn and leave the BS to us crazy fans in cyberspace to blog, blog, blog.
P.S. To Falcons management: I have no love for the Ga Dome. It’s in a Shi..y hood, tailgating is chopped up, leaving is nighmare, but you know what? It’s paid for. I think you should put a giant bumper sticker around the dome that says “Don’t laugh, it’s paid for” and forget about a stadium we don’t need and can’t pay for. 1.2 billion? Are you shi…g me? In a worse hood than the dome is now? PSL’’s to boot? I for one will not participate in such chicanery.

tjhook

October 4th, 2012
8:22 pm

Copperas Cove (Texas) High School’s finest gets his first true butt whipping this weekend. Love RGIII, but we will make sure he is forced to try to make plays all game. The key is the Falcons getting an early lead. Make washington play from behind forcing Griffin to put the ball in the air.

BIGBEN42

October 4th, 2012
9:35 pm

Mr.Asante Samuel is correct.I would also give the D a 5.No elite defense give’s up as much rushing yards as the Falcons do. This defense has not held any of the first 4 teams that they have played to under 116 yards.They must improve in this area if they plan on going deep in the playoff’s.

Whadda Ya Know?

October 4th, 2012
9:53 pm

Falcone why don’t you drop dead smart azz. Always some knit-picking response from the peanut gallery.

Samuel

October 5th, 2012
6:44 am

They don’t have many sacks this year, give Matty Ice time and he’ll pick that defense apart. Also when you get your chances you have to knock RG3 around. I heard him complain about being roughed up. It’s something apparently he’s not use to.

Falcons Chic

October 5th, 2012
7:23 am

I’ve lived in GA and DC. I’d REALLY like to win this one because everyone mopes in DC when they lose a game. I just hope our D figures out how to manage a mobile QB because they were clearly not ready last week. I can see where the amoeba defense doesn’t work with a mobile QB throwing one more option into the mix, so Coach Nolan, what say you?

I usually just read but...

October 5th, 2012
7:37 am

Cam had 9 runs for 86yds last Sun. Do you think RG3 is a better running QB? I hope the D has a plan to close up that gaping hole in the middle I saw Can running thru. How does that happen? Maybe Decoud and Moore could alternate spying RG the Turd. Somebody will have to be responsible for him on every play or he will burn us bad.
Rise up Falcons and “git er done”.
yep! GA redneck here.

Arlito

October 5th, 2012
8:50 am

If you look at the Washington Post’s Redskins message boards, most ‘Skins fans think this week’s going to be a cakewalk. I really hope our D takes its A-game to DC and shuts ‘em up. And yes, Matty, Roddy, Julio, Tony G., and Harry should have a big afternoon.

Esquire

October 5th, 2012
10:33 am

Whadda Ya Know? October 4th, 2012
2:28 pm

I’m not going to say it, but you all already know. We need our defense to be disciplined and physical this weekend.
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I’m not sure what you aren’t gonna say but we came out flat in the Carolina game…..in OUR HOUSE. IMO the Redskins are a better team than Carollina and we better “BEAST UP” from 15:00 1st Quarter on…………………..!!!

Esquire

October 5th, 2012
10:43 am

If these fleet of feet QB’s aren’t sliding feet first we need to pop them hard like any other running back……………and I mean HARD.

Interesting article on RGIII and his stats can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/9lktsl5

Esquire

October 5th, 2012
10:55 am

Looks like New Orleans wants to see THE MIGHTY FALCONS!!

http://www.the506.com/temp11.html

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

October 5th, 2012
11:37 am

Is it true Donta Robinson is an old Indian phrase for “10 yards off the play”?

bama52

October 5th, 2012
3:33 pm

A, Samuel is telling it like it is, defense need to step it up. The D line need more liveliness we are getting no pressure on QBs. Play some of the young guys with Abraham.