Official Release: Falcons-Bengals Postgame Quotes

HEAD COACH MIKE SMITH
Opening statement:
“Preseason games are an opportunity for us to evaluate our roster. A lot of young players and those young players are guys that are fighting for spots on our roster. I think we got a chance to do that tonight. We got a lot of young guys to get in there and get some plays. It’s obvious that we have a lot of work to do with those young guys. We’ll spend tomorrow looking at the tape. We’ll regroup with the team on Saturday and get back to work.”

On the first team’s action tonight:
“We got the number of reps we wanted that we had marked for those guys. I thought that on the offensive side of the ball we have to be more efficient in the red zone. We had the opportunity to put 7 on the board when we got in the red zone; we ended up kicking a field goal. I thought defensively the first group held its own. I don’t believe they gave up any points in the ball game. For the limited number of snaps they participated in tonight, I felt it was pretty good. I did like some of the young players that played beyond the first quarter; they did some nice things.”

On the right tackles:
“Well again, until I really watch the tape, I don’t know that I can give you a true evaluation. I thought that there were some run plays that we blocked well and there were some that we didn’t. Again, that’s part of this evaluation process in the preseason. I thought Matt was efficient, he was 6 of 9, and Harry had an explosive play. We had a couple of other opportunities I thought with the first group to have positive plays.”

On the linebacker scheme changes:
“We’ve got some personnel that are playing in different positions. Again, we want to have as much flexibility as we possibly can. It gives us as a coaching staff the ability to work on the proper type of match ups. I will say this, I thought our young corners did a nice job in their play. Robert Alford came in right after the first series, had some extended play and made a really nice play on an in-run force. I thought Desmond Trufant played well at a couple of positions. We played him at corner and the nickel
corner.”

On possibly bringing in another tackle based on one game:
“We’re going to evaluate this tape; we’ve got to make that decision. We’re not going to evaluate it on one game. I thought that both Lamar and Schraeder did a nice job in there tonight. That is something that until we watch the tape, we will not really have an evaluation. It’s really hard standing on the sideline to evaluate who played well and who didn’t.”

On Paul Worrilow making tackles:
“Yes he did; he had a really good sequence there. Paul has done a very nice job for us. He can play all three positions which is great for a rookie. He had an opportunity there in the red zone, had a pass break up, and had a couple of really nice tackles, and I think he did some really nice things on special teams as well. We talk about offense and defense; we can’t give up a punt return. You give up a punt return or a block punt in a game and they’re really hard to come back and overcome. We’ve got a lot of things to work on, all three phases as well, before we get back on the field next week.”