Dan Quinn addressed the media this afternoon in Flowery Branch to discuss Justin Durant's injury, the win over the Texans, and where the team's focus is moving forward.
Justin Durant, who left Sunday's game with an elbow injury, has an elbow sprain, per Quinn.
"We'll see how he progresses through the week," Quinn said. "He'll visit again with the doctor on Thursday."
Robenson Therezie, who started for Ricardo Allen at free safety as Allen was held out with a knee injury, impressed Coach Quinn with his play on Sunday.
"I thought, for his first game going in to start, I thought he did a terrific job," Quinn said. "And I think the big thing...didn't have any missed tackles from him and had a pass breakup, so I thought for the first time out, he had really looked like he fit in."
Quinn says each week that they prepare for each opponent like the next game is a championship game. This helps the team keep their level of focus each week instead of getting too wrapped up in their record.
The team has a specific routine they maintain each week, and Quinn walked through it for the media.
"On Mondays, we really come in and get right to the truth of the game and get through the facts with the guys, and then after that on Tuesday, the real preparation begins," Quinn said. "And we like to stay really as committed to this process as we can—the Wednesday and Thursday and Friday."
Quinn said that everyone in the building enjoys the process, also.
"When we work really hard we also have a great time doing it together, and that's the team and the staff together," Quinn said. "So I'll say we enjoy the moments that we're together more than an outcome of a game. We just try to stay locked into the next opponent, and we absolutely enjoy the process that we go through together."
The offensive line play has been a big factor in the Falcons' strong start, and Quinn had praise for both Andy Levitre and Chris Chester.
Quinn has been impressed with the way Levitre has lived up to their expectations.
Andy in specific, I thought has been really solid in terms of the run game and the protections," Quinn said. "He's exactly what we hoped for when we had a chance to acquire him."
Quinn said that Chester provides leadership and guidance to a number of players along the line.
"I think everybody relies on Chris because he is so smart, and he really is able to help in a number of different spots on the offensive line," Quinn said.
On Mike Person, Quinn said that in the process of evaluating him the coaching staff had determined that he could play either guard or center. Once they had the opportunity to add Levitre, they decided to see what Person could do at the center position.
"When we were in training camp, we played him both at guard and center, and then as we got a chance to add another guard, we thought, well, Mike's best spot may be center, but we've got to stick him in there and play him in there," Quinn said.
Although the team has certainly fared very well over the first four games of the season, there's still plenty of room for improvement. Quinn said that the coaching staff is challenging players to determine what elements of their individual play they'd like to improve over the next few weeks.
It's not just players being challenged to improve, either. Quinn has challenged the coaching staff to figure out how they can improve in terms of scheme and execution.
"As it gets to the end of our first quarter of just kind of getting started together, we asked each coach to kind of come up with a thing or two for the players and say, what's an area you can improve upon, and let's make that the emphasis going forward for these next couple of weeks and see how much better you can get at your own game," Quinn said. "And the coaches will do the same. What can we do better from a scheme standpoint? What can we do better from a fundamental standpoint to be at our very best every week?"
This has been the approach throughout the season, and the Falcons certainly played their most complete game to date against the Texans, so it appears that it's working.
"That's a real challenge as we're going through it, to see, can we keep finding small ways to improve, and for us, it's going to be about the football," Quinn said. "This past week, can we get more turnovers? Can we take care of the ball better than we ever have? Those were the challenges, and each week we'll continue to do that."
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