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Quinn said OC Steve Sarkisian's play calling was good , but the team needs better execution . Much like last season, the Falcons struggled to convert plays in the red zone against the Eagles Thursday, which resulted in an 18-12 loss.
Better execution in the red zone has been one of the most important topics for the Falcons this The Falcons reached the red zone on their very first possession of the game, and they even ran three Atlanta was unable to pick up the 1 yard needed after an incomplete pass and two runs, however
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Much like last season, the Falcons struggled to convert plays in the red zone against the Eagles Thursday, which resulted in an 18-12 loss.
Even though offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian got most of the criticism for the Falcons' red zone mishaps, coach Dan Quinn said he liked what he saw with the play calling, but that the team needed to execute better.
"I was pleased with the variety in terms of calling plays, especially down in the red zone," Quinn said Friday after watching the tape,. "There's certain ones that you could do from the 5 [yard line] to the 10. When you get back, get a little bit further, you can throw over the top of somebody still. When you're down closer, obviously you can't throw over a defender anymore. Back line is good. Outside toward the pylon is good.
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Quinn said OC Steve Sarkisian's play calling was good , but the team needs better execution .
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he was "pleased with the variety" of red zone plays offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian called in Thursday's loss, but that he was not pleased with the team 's execution . Falcons ' Quinn : Execution problem in red zone .
"So, we were pleased with 'where.' What we were not pleased with was the execution of it. That's not to say it's just players. That's all of us: getting the right design, the right training. ... Our execution will be better. I reminded the guys [Thursday] night is not going to define the year in the red zone. It just showed we've got plenty of work ahead of us to do."
Atlanta's offense made it to the red zone five times, but only managed to score two field goals. After an Eagles turnover, Tevin Coleman was able to run the ball into the end zone, but kicker Matt Bryant missed the extra point.
The game came down to the last play, where quarterback Matt Ryan had a chance to tie it with a throw to Julio Jones in the end zone. The throw was off, which preserved the Eagles' win.
"Probably just us executing that play at the end, we've got to nail that," Quinn said. "We had the right [play] on. If there was a double that goes to Julio, it goes to a certain player. If there's a double that goes to Mohamed (Sanu) or stays where it was, it goes somewhere else. The read was correct in terms of where we wanted to go. We just didn't execute it. That's [why] we've got work to do."
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