Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after the 34-20 loss to the Packers:
Opening statement: “First, we’ll hit on some of the topics from today. As you went through it, looking at the game or going through the game, there were certain series of not getting stops, not scoring and too many times the result of that was penalties, mistakes and turnovers. For us to be the team that we need to play like, that can’t be our identity. As I went back through from the week, I told you at the start of it, there were three things that I was looking for; the leadership standpoint, from the turnover margin and from our effort. As I went back through from the leadership side, I put the Chiefs and Captains and they set the tone for the preparation. We were still minus-two. To have that not change, that’s not right. I thought from an effort standpoint, I thought that part was good. Our style is clearly not carrying over into the game day. That’s been the case too many times this year. As a team, we are looking forward to getting back home and playing in front of our fans. But so clearly, our style is not being displayed. That was a real factor in this game.”
On the ball handling and key penalties: “We lost 50, 60 yards on those two fouls (Ryan’s miss-throw lateral and Schweitzer’s holding that erased a 32-yard gain). Those were the results of not scoring as a result of foul or a turnover. That wasn’t really a turnover, but at the end of it we missed the field goal at the end of that drive.”
On those blunders hurting the team: “It’s definitely frustrating, maddening, disbelief, all of those things when we don’t execute on those. That’s clearly where we are missing the mark on some plays. For that not to happen, definitely pisses you off.”
On the ball that hit Sanu: “Just a regular snap. It was just motion. Nothing unusual.”
Was the snap too soon? Mohamed to late with motion?: “I don’t know on the answer to that. I would say, generally, same thing. Either it was too soon or Mo didn’t get over quick enough. To have that happen, it’s almost hard to do.”
On the play of Isaiah Oliver: “I’ll go back and have an assessment for you on that tomorrow. But that was certainly to plan to get some playing time at corner and at safety to guard tight ends and play outside. It was definitely by design. We had some lineup changes. We had (Ty) Sambrailo inside. We tried (Brian) Hill some at fullback. Isaiah we were playing him more reps outside. That was more by design for today.”
On if he wants to look at some more guys: “I’ve started that already. Ty is certainly one that we wanted to do. We’ll go back and look at the performance and see how it went. Same thing with Brian and Isaiah. It wasn’t much past that. (Safety) Ryan Neal was active. We put him on special teams. That was his first performance. ... Some were limited roles.”
On his message to the team: “As dark as it is, the men that will get it right here in these next three weeks are the men standing here in this room. That’s how you work through it. Just wanting it to get better isn’t a great way to real progress. You’ve got to make changes that are consistent and playing better. Whether if its turnovers or our style. All of that contributes to not scoring or allowing points to go. That’s what I told the team today.”
On if he believed the Falcons would be 4-9: “No. It’s definitely maddeningly. Frustrating and there is definitely some disbelief. All of those emotions are for sure there for me. Knowing who we have and how we want to play and not being consistent is what I see.”
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