Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub had to say after the 34-27 loss to the Dolphins on Thursday:
On how he felt the offense performed in the first half: “We felt good with things. We moved the ball and had some extended drives. We still hurt ourselves with some penalties and put ourselves in some tough situations with the down and distance markers, especially down in the red zone. We had a holding penalty that backed us up and really put us in a tough spot to try to come away with seven. We’ve got to find a way to correct those mental errors and those mistakes with penalties.”
On the play of the wide receivers: “Those guys have been working extremely hard. They find a way to separate and get their feet down in bounds. Russ (Gage) was able to get a good one there on one of our first third downs. He made a nice play down the sideline as well. They have make those plays in practice.”
On Matt Ryan not playing: “Before the game, when we got here with the conditions and everything. I think that was just something that coach wanted to do and that was the decision that he made.”
On playing a half: “It was great to get a little half in, get into a rhythm and connect with the guys. Just operate and function out there.”
On the play of Gage: “We’ve seen that throughout the offseason, in OTAs, minicamp and here in training camp. He’s a guy that has taken a big step from Year One to Year Two. Especially for receivers that’s a time when you make a big jump in your progression as a football player.”
On the play of Olamide Zaccheaus: “He seems to be a guy who’s really picked up on things and understands his responsibilities. How his routes subtly adjust verses certain coverages. He does a great job with contact catches. The DB is there. Just like the play down the sideline. It was good coverage, but he went up and made the contested play. He’s been finding a way to do that all throughout camp.
On how he felt: “I thought it went pretty good. We got into a rhythm. Had some consistency. We still hurt ourselves on some series with penalties and negative plays. All in all guys played really hard and executed and did their jobs, but we still have a lot we want to clean up and execute together in the red zone going into next week.”
On if he pays any attention to social media: “Not really. I don’t really have time to listen to radio much. Sometimes in the car, but usually that’s news and everything, but Twitter - I’m on it, but I’m on it just to be on it. I don’t really check it that often.”
On if he can still serve as a backup at age 38: “I love what I’m doing, and the team believes I can do it. I believe I can still do it, and so that’s why I’m here. I still love playing this game. I love being around the guys in the locker room and going out and cutting it loose on game day.”
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