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Transcript: Mike Smith Interview

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Head coach Mike Smith spoke to the media after the Falcons' practice on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

On Tony Gonzalez not participating in practice and taking it slow with him:

“Yes, we don’t have to give an injury report today, so there will not be an official injury report.  We held Tony out; this was a Falcons-on-Falcons day.  He did not participate in practice.”

On Malliciah Goodman:

“We anticipate Malliciah will be a participant in practice tomorrow.  Barring any setbacks, I think he will be ready to go as the week progresses.”

On the rookie corners and if they are still into it physically and mentally:

“Absolutely, we’ve talked about the rookie wall for quite a bit, telling guys they’ve got to get rest and hydrate.  It’s both physically and mentally wearing on first year players, especially first year players that have had the number of snaps that Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford have had.  We’ve got two linebackers that have had a lot of snaps as well.  They are aware of it and we try to make sure they get as much rest as they can.”

On moving up Terren Jones from the practice squad:

“We recalibrated our roster today with an offensive tackle in Terren Jones.  He is one of those guys that we feel like has worked hard and deserves an opportunity to get out there and compete on the 53-man roster.  He has been out there competing, but now he is on the 53-man roster.”

On Joplo Bartu and Paul Worrilow and their progress:

“We feel very comfortable with what they have accomplished and what they have done.  Paul has been a tackling machine, playing multiple positions throughout the season.  Joplo is, now that Spoon is back, is playing in our base package, but we feel that those two guys give us the best chance to win.  They are really doing a good job.  They’ve grasped the scheme, and I think that they’ve got a bright future in front of them.”

On it being hard to imagine they were two undrafted guys:

“Nothing surprises me when you start talking about college free agents.  Every year there are a number of them that make teams, and then all of a sudden they get an opportunity to get out there and play and they play.  Sometimes they play extremely well.  I think these guys have done extremely well.”

On examples from his past of undrafted players:

“Well, Bart Scott was one.  He was a college free agent that ended up, because of injuries, having to start as our dime linebacker the very first game of the season.  Will Demps was another college free agent that played free safety.  We had a defensive tackle from Utah; his name escapes me right now.  We’ve had it happen a number of times.  It happens.  There are good players at all levels; these guys come from different levels.  They’ve had the opportunity and made the most of it.”


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