Falcons Q & A: Chris Redman has to stay ready

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Falcons quarterback Chris Redman is coming off his second-best game as an NFL quarterback.

Filling in for Matt Ryan, Redman passed for 303 yards last week against the New Orleans Saints. His best game came a good while ago:r 315 yards against Arizona on Dec. 23, 2007.

Ryan returned to practice last week, but Redman prepared as if he will start against the New York Jets on Sunday.

In a conversation with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Redman discusses life as a backup quarterback, his golf game and the new head football coach at his alma mater, the University of Louisville.

Q: Any afterthoughts from the New Orleans game?

A: We knew it was going to be a tough game. They are a good team. I think we hung tough. Everybody played really hard. They are arguably one of the best teams in the league. We were right there with them. That's a positive, but we really felt like we could have won that. It's disappointing obviously, but you have to give them credit.

Q: Offensively, what were the keys for the team to get back in sync as you did?

A: Just playing our style of football. It's pretty much just going out there and everybody playing together as a team. I think we did that. We came together and everyone played really hard. We would have liked to have scored sooner in the first half. We needed more than kicking field goals, but we were getting points on the board. That's the key. Whenever you can get points, get points. We just fell a little short.

Q: What are some of the keys to keeping it going offensively?

A: Just do what we are doing. As long as we play well and we're not worried about who we are playing, as long as we take care of our jobs and play, I think we're fine. We have to go out there and not worry about anything else except for what we have to do. Then good things will happen.

Q: What's the approach to still being alive for the playoffs?

A: It's real simple: just win. The more you think about it, the worse off that you are. We are just going to make these corrections from the last game. The effort has been there all year. We've played really hard. We've played a tough schedule. But no excuses. We just have to go out and finish these last three out strong and see what happens.

Q: How do you work on your golf game during the season?

A: The great thing about Atlanta is that there are so many great golf courses here. I haven't had a chance to play Augusta [National] yet. That's my ultimate goal. I really enjoy just being here and getting a chance to play all of the courses down here.

Q: When did you start playing golf?

A: Probably in middle school. My roommate in college was a top golfer at the University of Louisville, and he helped me out a lot. I just love playing golf. I couldn't play in high school because golf kind of fell in the same season as football. It's fun to get away, it's challenging and you can always improve. I think that's why I like it so much.

Q: Are you happy with the selection of Charlie Strong as the new head football coach at the University of Louisville?

A: I am. He's already got a top recruit, arguably one of the best quarterbacks to ever come out of Kentucky. We're real happy about that. He's a junior right now. To get that kind of recruit this early is great. I'm real happy for him and think he's going to bring some really good recruits from Florida as well. I think that's the key for colleges. Obviously it's recruiting.