Atlanta Falcons training camp is wrapping up and the team is looking ahead to their second preseason game Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was head coach Dan Quinn’s third training camp with the Falcons, so he undoubtedly knows what to expect, and more to the point, he knows what works.
I have no doubt Quinn starting formulating his plan for the 2017 season the day after the Super Bowl. He’s meticulous, so everything the team has done since February was done with a long-term goal in mind. Quinn has a vision and he’s executing it. There’s simply no reason he wouldn’t be positive as training camp breaks. In fact, if he said something even remotely negative at this point, it’d almost certainly sound alarm bells. But alas, true to expectations, Quinn had plenty of positive things to say today. (Credit to the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter for the quote.)
“At the start of camp some of the objectives in terms of attacking and playing our best in situations at the end of halves and end of games,” Quinn said. “Every day, we worked toward that and I think we are a lot closer to that today than we were before. We still have a lot of work to do to nail our style and attitude of how we want (to play). We still have a lot of players that we still need to evaluate.”
The single deadline for roster cuts will be interesting to watch as the preseason moves forward. Obviously there are roster locks; then there’s a separate group of players who are firmly on the roster bubble. Finally there are players fighting for an outside shot at landing on someone’s practice squad. Preseason tape is essential for the latter two groups. Who will get extended looks over the remainder of the preseason? Who won’t make the most of their opportunities? These are the questions that remain unanswered.