Falcons defensive end Grady Jarrett discusses the team's defensive effort in the win over New Orleans. (Video by D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

What the Falcons had to say after ‘amazing’ win over Saints

JULIO JONES, wide receiver

On getting a win against the Saints: “It felt really good. The energy felt great today. It felt like it should have been like that the whole time. Guys weren’t complacent. Defense did a really good job today. Special teams did an amazing job today. Offensively we did OK. We can continue to keep working on that side of the ball; I can see that. The defense and special teams, from my point of view, had a hell of a day today.”

On Brian Hill's performance: “I told (Brian Hill) congratulations. He did a hell of a job today. Free (Devonta Freeman) went down, next man up, he didn’t blink. He went out there and held onto the ball. He was just straight downhill running for us today.”

On whether there was any carry-over from the Seattle game:  “I don’t know. I don’t look in the rear-view mirror. For me and for this team, we have to continue to do what we’re doing and believe in one another. We’ve got to keep building on that week-in-and-week-out. You cannot get complacent. When everybody counts you out, we don’t do this for everybody. It’s about the men in this room. We come to work every day to get better. The only way we’re going to get better is if we believe that we can get better, and we have all the pieces to do so.” 

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DEION JONES, Middle linebacker

On the play of the defense: “Just the details of it. Just being on our stuff. We were just locked in, focused and playing out style of ball.”

On all hand on deck: “All hands were on deck. We just have to stack them for next week.”

On the pass rush: “Just guys being on their details. Guys talking, flying around and playing good coverage and our (defensive) line going to eat when they had an opportunity.”

On coming home: “It’s always good coming home and playing in front of family and friends. We got us a win. We just have to look at the tape. We know what type of week it took. We just have to stack them from here.” 

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RICARDO ALLEN, free safety

On the win: “We all just fought together. Everybody got out there and every drive we just told each other, just do your 1/11th. The plays are going to come to you. Other than that, let’s just do the fundamentals of the defense. Let’s just play for each other. We were getting off the field. We were getting our offense in good position. It took all of it. Then special teams doing a great job knocking down the field goals and keeping us in good field position. Keeping us up on the board the whole time, we were actually able to predict and see what they were doing against us.”

On the improved communications: “It was really just the urgency in doing your job. Every play, just critique yourself to the hardest part.” 

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GRADY JARRETT, defensive tackle

On the win: “Between the communication as far the rush and coverage, married together, they did a really good job of making the quarterback hold the ball and we were able to get to him today.”     

On disrupting Drew Brees: “It’s always feels good to get to the quarterback. It felt good to get there today and we have to build off of this performance.”

On the third-down sacks: “It felt good to get off the field on third downs. It’s something that we need to continue to build on as well. We got the ball back to our offense. I think it was critical for us to make those plays on third down

On getting the win: “It’s hard to win in this league. Every win is good. We’ve been in a slump, but it feels go to get a W.”  

On building off the win: “Absolutely. It’s definitely something to build off of. There are some things that we still have to go back and correct. There is a lot of football still left to play. We are still trying to put our best foot forward every week.”  


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