“I felt like we tackled much better. It was an emphasis point. … Tackling and pursuit angles were something that we identified that we had to get better at. I think they did a very nice job.”
—Falcons coach Mike Smith on the defense’s tackling.
“That’s a fast, fast start. We moved in and out of tempoing the ball game. I thought we controlled it. When we wanted to go fast, we went fast. When we wanted to slow it down, we slowed it down.”
—Smith on the Falcons scoring on their first six drives.
“Yes, I am, but it’s not about a coach. There are a lot of people who have contributed to number of wins since Thomas and I have gotten here. It’s about the players. It’s about the coaches. There’s a lot of people that made contributions to that (record.)”
—Smith on if he was aware the win made him the franchise’s winningest coach.
“I was a little rusty, but I’ll get back into the swing of things.”
—Defensive tackle Corey Peters on his return to the lineup.
“It’s just something that we’ve been working on. May be we’ll see more of it in the future. It just depends on what the offense is trying to do to us.”
—Peters on the Falcons nickel package that included three defensive tackles.
“He did a great job. I told him that I was proud of him. He was coming into a tough situation; a tough environment. Against that pass rush, to get your first start, I thought he played really well today.”
—Center Todd McClure on rookie Peter Konz making his first NFL start. He started at right guard for Garrett Reynolds.
“I think we did a good job. Most of all, we tackled them when we had a chance to tackle them. There weren’t many missed. A lot of the big runs in weeks prior came from missed tackles. We did a good job of wrapping up.”
—Defensive end John Abraham on the defense’s tackling efforts.
“They gave us some different looks out there. We were prepared for everything. We knew we were going to have some un-scouted looks out there. We really couldn’t change too much.”
—Running back Michael Turner on facing the Eagles’ defense under a new coordinator.
“Our Oline coach Pat Hill said it was like an 80-round fight. There are 80 plays in a game. 80 rounds and we had to answer the ball every time. I think we did. We just kept getting the huddle and coming out and we were just fighting.”
—Right tackle Tyson Clabo on the line’s approach to the game.
“It went good. It’s always tough to play in an away environment,especially in your first game. I think it went pretty well.”
—Rookie right guard Peter Konz on his first NFL start.
“I think I might have been in high school when (Cullen Jenkins) was with the Packers. I obviously knew about him. He’s a seasoned vet. There is a reason why he’s been in this league so long. He’s pretty good. It was a good battle today.”
— Konz, a Wisconsin native, on going against nine-year veteran Philadelphia tackle Cullen Jenkins in his first NFL start.
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