‘We didn’t execute. The numbers speak for themselves’

What Atlanta Falcons players said following the 24-9 loss to the Saints Sunday in New Orleans:


On the playoff the offensive line: “We didn’t play well. That’s completely out there. We have to regroup and watch the film. We felt like we had a solid plan going in. Obviously, we didn’t execute. The numbers speak for themselves. It makes you angry. You don’t want to see the quarterback get hit. We have to do a lot better job. As an offensive linemen, the bottom line is you fine a way to get the job done no matter what. It doesn’t matter what. They did a good job. They brought a bunch of different packages.”

On how they can get better: “We just had to firm it up more. We were a little all over the place. We have to watch the film and correct. It definitely didn’t feel good.”

On Moving forward: “We know we are a good team. We were in that game early. Unfortunately, it just got away from us.”

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Falcons CB Darqueze Dennard discusses the loss to the Saints and the defense’s inability to make any splash plays.


“I know all of us are a little disappointed with how the results ended. I think we had a good week of practice as well, it just didn’t look like it today.”

On if they were prepared of Hill or Winston: “We were ready for both. Whatever situation we were put in. I think we did a great job during the week. The coaches did a good job preparing us as well.”

On Hill: “We left a lot of plays our there. He’s an NFL quarterback. He’s in the NFL. He’s very talented. He made the plays he was supposed to make today to win the game and we didn’t. It was as simple as that.”

On Michael Thomas: “He did a good job. He doing what he do. Finding holes in the defense. He’s a good route runner as well. Also, Taysom extended plays, buying time as well. Give credit to them. They were on point today.”

On the morale of the defense: “We are a little disappointed about today because we have a great week of practice. But I think we still have a very high caliber defense, it’s full of talented guys all around. We’ll get another shot at this week. We have Oakland (Las Vegas) coming up. We’ll go back to work tomorrow and correct the things we need to correct on and move forward.”

On Hill as passer, were they surprised: “No, I mean he’s an NFL quarterback. It’s not like he’s an offensive tackle. He’s been in the league for awhile. He’s in the league for a reason. He had a good game today.”

On holding Kamara to under 50 yards rushing and without a catch: “I’m not a surprised Debo (Deion Jones) did a good job as well as Foye (Oluokun) and our defensive line as well. I think in the first half we did a really good job holding him to that. Debo did a great job, too. I think we did great job as a whole defense especially on the front-side with our two-man contain because he’s a very talented player. I think the hot had was 7 (Hill).”

On the defensive play after a strong start: “I really can’t say. I have to go back and watch the film to give you a better answer. We did start off fast. We finished the plays. Plays here and there, that we’d like back. We didn’t make any splash plays, me, myself included. I have to be better to be able to get the ball back to the offense. I think that’s what we are most disappointed in. We didn’t get the ball back to our offense with no turnovers to help them out as well.”


On what it was line playing against Taysom Hill: “Good athlete. A lot of times when he extended plays really. Sometimes, when we do know it’s a quarterback run, there is an extra blocker for him. The running back can be the extra blocker. So, get off the blocks and get to the ball faster.”

On leaving the game briefly with a injury: “I’m straight. My knee buckled, but I got back up and the pain was gone after that.”

On holding the Saints to 4-11 on third down and their success on earlier downs: “I don’t think so really. We have to come up with better calls for the plays we know that are going to happen, then execute them better in the next game for sure.”

On if they were surprised with how they used Taysom Hill: “I got to go watch that game tape. I think a lot of it is that we have to get off those blocks faster and get more hats to the ball.”

Falcons’ next four games

Raiders at Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29

Saints at Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6

Falcons at Chargers at 4:25 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13

Buccaneers at Falcons at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10

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