Tuesday, the Atlanta Falcons launched their preparation for Saturday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn played down the huge games by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones on October 3rd and focused on the battle in the trenches.
“Right down the middle of their defense, not only are they good pass rushers, I think they lead the league in sacks. At defensive tackle, the size with Star Lotulelei, the linebackers, and the safeties. When you’re going right down the middle of it, they’ve got some really talented guys. Well, we do too on the same stretch with Alex Mack, Andy Levitre, Chris Chester, and the running backs so that match up inside is a factor. The fact that he went through the entire offseason with us and came into the offseason healthy that was a huge factor just the familiarity with it, the communication, and the bond that he now has with Alex and the other guys in terms of the communication it takes, all of the combination blocks that he has now with Jake Matthews and Alex. Those are reps and reps and reps that we didn’t have as a group so for those guys to have 1,000 reps of certain techniques we try to keep getting better at it and better at it. The more you do it, the better you get so for him going through the whole process and now into over 100 practices together it’s totally a factor. He’s been a really good addition for us.”
Julio Jones returned to practice Tuesday. However, the Falcons aren’t mandated to release a full description until Wednesday.