I'm going to start trying to deliver the highlights from Mike Smith's weekly press conferences, but today I have a busted set of headphones, so we're using highlights curated from beat writer Tweets. Fun with Twitter!
As you might imagine, Smitty's looking a little morose about this loss, and a lot of what he has to say is pretty critical. The Falcons know they blew this one, and while you can't put too much stock in anything that comes out of a press conference, he's definitely identifying the problems with quite a bit of accuracy.
Without further ado, the roundup.
Smith felt new right tackle Jeremy Trueblood got tired as the game went on.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 23, 2013
Falcons coach Mike Smith said his defense didn't play tight enough coverage on Miami's last game-winning drive.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 23, 2013
Mike Smith: It's my responsibility, as a coach, to make sure we are more efficient in the red zone.— Krissy Brierre (@FalconsKrissy) September 23, 2013
Mike Smith: We need to focus on not just finishing the game, but finishing the play. It starts with the play.— Krissy Brierre (@FalconsKrissy) September 23, 2013
Smitty on finishing games: "Take each play as the game and that's how we have to approach this." #RiseUp— Daniel Cox (@FalconsDCox) September 23, 2013
So in the first second, play really well, and then sort of get worse over the next three seconds.
Smith said the secondary has to tackle better.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 23, 2013
Harry Douglas did not follow #Falcons rules for the play on the fumbled punt, Smitty said.— John Manasso (@jmanasso) September 23, 2013
That rule? Don't fumble the f***ing punt.
#Falcons coach MikeSmith said that Tony Gonzalez just missed a play. He was "banged up."— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) September 23, 2013
Smitty said penalties were "Very uncharacteristic" of way #Falcons have played football last 5 years.— John Manasso (@jmanasso) September 23, 2013
Your thoughts on Smitty's remarks?
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