The Atlanta Falcons' defensive turnaround yesterday was unexpected. Judging from some of the reactions folks were having on Twitter and Facebook, the Falcons were essentially doomed. The Dallas Cowboys' offensive line came ready to play, and Dan Quinn didn't seem to have an answer. But then came halftime.
In the second half, the defense came alive. It looked like the coaching staff had uttered some truly inspirational words back in the locker room. Whatever it was, the difference was readily apparent. As it turns it out, mid-game adjustments had nothing to do with it, and better execution was the key.
"We didn't make any adjustments. That's the crazy thing. We came in here and we took a look at ourselves and realized that everything they got, we gave it to them. We went out there and missed a tackle, that's what it was. When we first got out there, that first drive, I think I had two missed tackles [... w]e got out there and focused on our tackling. And once we focused on our tackling, everything was manageable."