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Falcons quotes after Wednesday’s OTA

Posted: 3:13 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

JONATHAN BABINEAUX, DEFENSIVE TACKLE/END

ON OTAs: “It’s good to be back together as a team and as a unit. We have to make sure that we are taking the necessary steps to get better.”

ON THE TRANSITION: “Like every other team in the league, things change from year to year. It will take a little while to get adjusted to.”

KROY BIERMANN, DEFENSIVE END/LINEBACKER

ON THE DEFENSE: “It’s good. There are fast guys out there. There’s speed out there. There are guys that are going to be aggressive and are going to make plays and help this team win. There are guys out there just flying around.”

ON THE HIGH EXPECTATIONS: “I come here to work, like most guys do. We’re here to get the work done. Show up every day and get better.”

ON HIS HYBRID DE/LB ROLE: “Yeah, I think Coach Nolan’s scheme is very unique and it’s very fast paced. There is a lot of depth to it when he starts opening up that playbook. It’s going to be a good year and I think guys are excited to be flying around.”

ON PLAYING MORE LINEBACKER: “I’m just happy to be out there. It’s good to be flying around. Nolan’s playbook has some depth to it. I don’t even think that I’ve seen half of it. But he’s going to start opening it up, I think. Where ever they put me, I’ll play and I’m going to play to the best of my ability.”

OSI UMENYIORA, DEFENSIVE END

ON HIS TRANSITION: “It’s been awesome. The whole team has welcomed me with open arms. It’s just been a wonderful feeling coming out here with these guys. It’s a great football team. They have welcomed me and I’m happy to be here.”

ON LEARNING THE SCHEME: “It’s different, but the coaches do a great job of explaining everything to me. Defense is really defense. As long as you get that down pat and understand what it is that they are asking of you, I think everything will be better.”

MIKE SMITH, HEAD COACH

ON THE DEFENSE: “We have a lot of guys that haven’t played in the defense right now. Obviously, we have some guys that aren’t practicing especially at the linebacker position so we are getting some young guys that are getting an opportunity to play. I think there is going to be a lot of competition in certain areas on the defense like in the secondary. Those guys, for two days, have come out here and have given us some great effort. I’ve enjoyed watching them practice. Their energy is outstanding.”

ON COMPETITIONS: “This is going to be the most competitive offseason that we’ve had since our first season. Defensive back is one of the areas where it’s going to be competitive. Not only at the corner position, but at the safety position in the backup roles because of the way we addressed it in the draft. Along the offensive line, we have two new positions that we have open. We’ve got some guys that have played for us in Garrett Reynolds and Pete Konz. Mike Johnson has got some playing time and Lamar Holmes, those four guys are going to be competing. As you know, we have to cross train these guys and get them ready. It was nice to see Lamar Holmes come out and handle his business at the right tackle position."

ON BRADIE EWING: "Bradie has made a very swift recovery from the ACL injury that he had during the season. He’s way ahead of schedule. He’s 100 percent and I think he’s probably better now than he was when he got here in terms of his strength. He’s done a great job with Marty and A.J. in our athletic performance group. He’ looks really good.”

ON STEVEN JACKSON: “He’s a big strong running back that catches the ball extremely well. He creates issues for defenses. He’s just another weapon that we have in our offensive arsenal. He’s a guy who had close to 100 catches in a season, so he’s a guy that we can use in the passing game. He’s not just a running back, he’s a receiving back as well.”

ON KROY BIERMANN: “Kroy Biermann is very valuable to our team. Multiplicity on the defensive side of the ball is what we are looking for. We want to be a multiple as we possibly can. Kroy last year, was guy that lined up with his hand on the ground, standing up, he did some things in pass defense and he’s been very multiple. He’ll continue to have that role. If he can handle the special teams, we’ll like him to be involved in that as well. There are certain special teams that we’ll probably keep him on. He’s been a ‘Big Four’ guy as Keith (Armstrong) calls him. I think that we’ll lessen his load somewhat, but he’ll be out there on certain special teams plays.”

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That is pretty exciting to read. Thank goodness for OTAs and some actual Falcon related football talk. I really liked what Smitty had to say.

ON COMPETITIONS: “This is going to be the most competitive offseason that we’ve had since our first season. Defensive back is one of the areas where it’s going to be competitive. Not only at the corner position, but at the safety position in the backup roles because of the way we addressed it in the draft. Along the offensive line, we have two new positions that we have open. We’ve got some guys that have played for us in Garrett Reynolds and Pete Konz. Mike Johnson has got some playing time and Lamar Holmes, those four guys are going to be competing. As you know, we have to cross train these guys and get them ready. It was nice to see Lamar Holmes come out and handle his business at the right tackle position."
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ON BRADIE EWING: "Bradie has made a very swift recovery from the ACL injury that he had during the season. He’s way ahead of schedule. He’s 100 percent and I think he’s probably better now than he was when he got here in terms of his strength. He’s done a great job with Marty and A.J. in our athletic performance group. He’ looks really good.”

Mike Smith gives word that a player is recovering well?

Expect Brady Ewing to be pronounced dead.

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KROY: Nolan’s playbook has some depth to it. I don’t even think that I’ve seen half of it. But he’s going to start opening it up, I think

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Last year, almost all the defensive players said, Nolan simplified the playbook. I hope he opens it up more now that core players are in second year of the system.

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Last year, almost all the defensive players said, Nolan simplified the playbook. I hope he opens it up more now that core players are in second year of the system.

Agreed. It certainly appears that Nolan has many more wrinkles to his defense that have yet to be incorporated.

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KROY: Nolan’s playbook has some depth to it. I don’t even think that I’ve seen half of it.

I really love that, even with how good Nolan was last season, that he's barely even scratched the surface of what he has planned for this defense. We could be in for a wild ride this season.

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From a Pat Yasinskas NFC South Afternoon update yesterday:

"Atlanta defensive line coach Ray Hamilton said defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi seems more comfortable as he gets ready for his second season. The Falcons have a lot of young defensive ends, but I think Massaquoi is the one the coaching staff is hoping can step forward to give the pass rush a boost."

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