"I'm just focused on what I want to do, and be a great football player for this team and be a good example in the locker room, provide great leadership". And I think when we get those changes again, we're going to come up with those plays. "That's [why] we've got work to do".
Nick Foles was not his Super Bowl self in the first half Thursday night, averaging just 3.6 yards per pass attempt, and the offense was outgained by Falcons receiver Julio Jones 89-68 over the first two quarters.
NBC ad sales execs waiting for the Nielsen report to come in assumed that the Falcons-Eagles slog would struggle to find its footing, given the inordinately long delay and the sheer torpor that seemed to have left both teams playing in quicksand.
Normally, there is no shame in losing to the defending Super Bowl champions in their home opener.
Atlanta's defense kept it in the game, and the Falcons had an opportunity down in the red zone to earn a victory in the game's final seconds. "You want to be in that position", said cornerback Ronald Darby, who was physical with Jones and pushed Jones out of bounds to force the incomplete.
Deion Jones then intercepted Foles' pass that bounced out of Dallas Goedert's hands and returned it 20 yards to Philadelphia's 27, setting up Tevin Coleman's 9-yard TD run that gave the Falcons a 12-10 lead in the fourth quarter. He called it. It was the right time again. The read was correct in terms of where we wanted to go. On the first drive of the game, Matt Ryan marched his offense down the field until about four or five yards outside of the red zone.
"I was pleased with the variety", Quinn said of the play calls. When you're down closer, obviously you can't throw over a defender anymore, back line is good, outside towards the pylon is good.