Monday, September 30, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Atlanta Falcons
By Vaughn McClure
ATLANTA -- Observed in the locker room after the Atlanta Falcons' 30-23 loss to the New England Patriots:
Ryan remains optimistic: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is not used to seeing a 1-3 record. As down as he was about Sunday's loss to the Patriots, Ryan tried to keep a positive outlook. "We all understand where we're at," Ryan said. "Obviously, it's not where we want to be. We certainly would like to be sitting in a different position, but we are where we are. We know we've got a long haul in front of us. Twelve more games to go. A lot can happen during that time, but our mindset has to be on next week."
Questionable call: Safety William Moore wasn't the least bit pleased with being flagged for a hit to the head on Patriots receiver Kenbrell Thompkins in the fourth quarter. It helped set up a Patriots touchdown. "I totally don't agree with it," Moore said. "Just playing [the] ball. It's going to be a huge fine, them saying he was defenseless. I was just playing football, man." Moore was asked if he felt he hit Thompkins' head. "Not at all," Moore said. "I actually tried my best to not hit a defenseless player and make it as legal as I could."
Red zone woes: Once again, the Falcons struggled in the red zone. They were 1-for-6 in terms of red zone efficiency. The lone touchdown was Tony Gonzalez's 11-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. "You've got to be able to put up points, and we should," said Gonzalez, who finished with 149 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Quite a fight: Julio Jones complained to the officials during the game about the physical play of Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, who talked trash to Jones the entire game. Talib got the last word in helping limit Jones to six catches despite being targeted 13 times. "I've just got to go out there and play football," Jones said of the battle with Talib. "It could have been some calls, but they didn't call them. It is what it is."