What the Falcons had to say after the 34-7 loss to the Dolphins

Falcons coach Dan Quinn speaks after the exhibition loss to the Dolphins Thursday night. (Video by D. Orlando Ledbetter)

Here's what the Falcons had to say after the 34-7 loss to the Dolphins:

Sean Harlow, offensive guard

On the game: "It was fun to start a game. It's been awhile since that's happened. It's a great group of guys. You can feel the Brother hood for real. It was just fun to get out there play. That's what football is."

On moving to guard after playing tackle in college: "It definitely took more adjusting that I had anticipated. But the guys in the room have been great. (Offensive line coach Chris Morgan) has been great. The guys have been great. They have really helped me out. I'm thankful that I've been here and been able to learn from guys like Alex (Mack) and Andy (Levitre). All of those guys are awesome players. It's a really special group."

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Garrison Smith, defensive tackle

On how he felt he played tonight: 
"I feel it went good. I gave it all I have. I've always been good at playing the run, and I showed that I can rush the passer too. I feel like I had a complete game, I can always do better, but I felt good about it."

On the roughing the passer penalty against him:
"That was the ref's call. I felt like it was a good play, but they have all these new rules to protect the quarterback, so the ref was just doing his job."

Emmanuel Ellerbee, linebacker

On his performance today: 
"Personally, I really was just trying to do everything I could to help out my teammates. At the end of the day, this is an ultimate team sport. I could care less about if it was a day where I got a crap ton of tackles. At the end of the day, it's more so about the team. One of the things I was just trying to do was get our offense more opportunities to be able to get back on the field. I think that's what our whole entire defense's mentality was to shut out people. At the end of the day, you want to win."

On the team's progression from May to now:
"I think the progression can be seen within everyone. When we came in it was new. People come from different places. You're going from being an amateur to a professional. As a team, everybody really took a step forward. We got on the same page with communication. In May, we couldn't even line up. Everything has started to slow down and you can start to see everyone's football instincts come along."

On signaling plays throughout the game:
"I felt good. The coaches trusted me with having the ability to signal plays. I was just trying to make sure I did everything to help our team get the best advantage to win. At the end of the day, our brotherhood is really strong."