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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Smith: Falcons need to be more efficient

By Vaughn McClure

Late Tuesday afternoon, Atlanta Falcons coordinators Dirk Koetter and Mike Nolan will answer questions about what adjustments need to be made in preparation for the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

Koetter is sure to discuss his offense’s problems in the red zone, while Nolan will have to explain why his defense deteriorated on the final drive in a 27-23 loss to the Dolphins.

Monday, Falcons coach Mike Smith did his best to absorb some of the blame, at least from an offensive standpoint. While discussing his team’s 2-for-5 red zone effort against the Dolphins, Smith pointed to no one other than himself.

Mike Smith
Falcons coach Mike Smith pointed the finger at himself for the team's red zone efficiency woes.
"The responsibility goes to me,’’ Smith said. "It doesn’t go to the quarterback. It doesn’t go to the offensive line. It doesn’t go to the offensive coordinator. It’s my responsibility, as the head coach, to make sure that we are more efficient in the red zone. And I can assure you that that is something that will be addressed.’’

The Falcons are 6-of-12 in red zone efficiency through three games.

"Last year, through the season, we were 10th in the league in red zone efficiency,’’ Smith said. "And I believe, through three games under a small sample, right now we are 24th in the league. We would like to be in the top 10 in the league.’’

Here’s what else Smith had to say while reflecting on the loss: