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Dan Quinn to make sure Falcons run off field against Aaron Rodgers


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I'm glad this is being publicly addressed. Makes me feel a lot better. lol.

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Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Brooks Reed better be on alert this time. The boss is watching.

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn clearly remembers what happened the last time his team faced Green Bay, in Week 8 of the regular season. The Falcons escaped with a 33-32 win, but there was a penalty on Reed in the fourth quarter that could have been costly.

During a personnel change, the defensive end slowly made his way off the field, and the savvy Rodgers saw it and quickly got the ball snapped. As a result, Reed and the Falcons were penalized 5 yards for 12 men on the field after an official review. And the penalty, which wiped out a third-and-4 defensive stop, gave the Packers a first down and set up a go-ahead touchdown.

The Falcons were bailed out when Matt Ryan hit Mohamed Sanu for the eventual game-winning, 11-yard score. But Reed was ripped on social media.

Quinn was asked if he might kid around with Reed this week and bring up the blunder.

"For sure. I don't know if it would be kidding," Quinn said with a laugh. "I will say that the point will be stressed."

There are many factors the Falcons have to be aware of as they prepare to face the red-shot Rodgers in Sunday's NFC Championship game. The two-time MVP thrives out of the pocket and against the blitz. He can move a safety with his eyes then go the other direction to an open man. And he can throw a dart across his body on the run probably better than anyone else around. But one area where the Falcons have to show great discipline is with those personnel changes, knowing Rodgers is just waiting to catch them napping with the no-huddle, quick game. Going between the nickel and base defenses, of course, means different waves of players entering and exiting for the Falcons, giving Rodgers a chance to pull off one of his signature moves.

According to ESPN Statistics and Information, Rodgers has gotten officials to flag opponents for 12 men on the field a league-high eight times this season. The Packers have forced 21 such penalties over the last two seasons, 11 more than anyone else. In this past Sunday's divisional playoff showdown in Dallas, Rodgers drew such a penalty against the Cowboys on a third-and-5 play from his own 30 in the first quarter. It eventually led to the Packers' first touchdown in what ended up being a last-second, 34-31 win.

Such a mistake could be extremely costly in a game where a Super Bowl berth is a stake. The Falcons know it.

"For sure it's a factor," Quinn said. "We've got to be really mindful of that. It's one of the best things -- there's a number of things that they do -- but in and out of tempo. And it's not just for this year. They've done this for at while. And it's like, `Well, how do they still catch somebody?' Sure enough, it happens. They have great awareness for it; when to go attack, when not to. For all the defenses that go and compete against them, it's always a real big topic."

http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/25057/dan-quinn-to-make-sure-falcons-run-off-field-against-aaron-rodgers

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4 minutes ago, Falconsin2012 said:

Let's read between the lines when Quinn says "For sure, only I won't be kidding..." 

 

What actually will will be said is "I will steal soul and haunt you to the very depths of **** if you don't haul your butt's off the field"

Sure Blank knows some Bugsy Siegel types from his Brooklyn days to stand on side lines and monitor hustle. 

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All being said, it's really kind of a petty penalty calling too many men on the field when the players intent is obviously to get off the field, and he is going toward the sideline, and he's just short of stepping across the sideline and totally out of the play. 

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15 minutes ago, fuego said:

All being said, it's really kind of a petty penalty calling too many men on the field when the players intent is obviously to get off the field, and he is going toward the sideline, and he's just short of stepping across the sideline and totally out of the play. 

Im ok with him doing it since it's a rule, but It kind of violates the spirit of the game to penalize someone off a technicality that obviously has no impact on the play. If they're 5 yards from the sideline, sure. But if they're just a yard away it's stupid

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