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Dan Quinn happy with Atlanta Falcons’ playcalling despite red zone woes

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Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Friday that “yes,” he was happy with the variety in offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s red zone playcalling despite the team going 1-for-5 in the red zone during Thursday night’s 18-12 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

The Falcons managed just nine points on those five red zone opportunities, with a 9-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman and a 21-yard field goal by Matt Bryant. Bryant missed the extra point on Coleman’s red zone score.

“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.3cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“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.”

Matt Ryan admitted to having a poor outing and was 1-for-8 for 3 yards in the red zone, with an interception on a ball intended for Julio Jones. He missed running back Devonta Freeman on what should have been a touchdown pass during a third-and-goal play from the Eagles’ 1-yard line on the team’s first series. The Falcons got the matchup they wanted after Ryan motioned Freeman out of the backfield, but the throw was off the mark.

The Falcons made cleaning up the red zone woes their primary emphasis this offseason and during the preseason, but both Jones and Freeman sat out all four preseason games to preserve their bodies for the regular season, which might have affected timing. Quinn previously expressed no regret about holding Jones and Freeman out of the preseason.

The first drive also featured the “heavy package” with three tight ends and a fullback at one point. Quinn said going with such personnel was the reason why Jones was not on the field for three plays from the 1-yard line. In fact, no receivers were on the field.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

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