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Mike Smith easing up a bit on Falcons

8/11/2010

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- One of the strengths I see in Atlanta coach Mike Smith is his ability to read his team.

In that regard, he reminds me of Carolina’s John Fox. Both of them know when to hit the accelerator and when to apply the brakes. Smith is hitting the brakes this morning.

After two days of intense combined practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Falcons are going easy this morning. That was part of the plan all along and Smith even pushed back the start of practice 30 minutes Wednesday morning. The Falcons are out on the field now and they’re in shorts with no pads.

With a preseason game Friday night against Kansas City, Smith is done pushing his team for a few days. I’m heading out to watch practice now. I suspect it won’t last long, but I’ve got a couple interviews scheduled after the Falcons get done. I’ll be back with some more this afternoon and will give you a heads-up on when I’ll be jumping into Training Camp Chatter this afternoon.

In the meantime, here’s a little item where Daniel Cox from the team’s official website asked me for some quick observations on what I’ve seen out of the Falcons so far.