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Falcons' OL Shining Light on Pre-Snap Penalties

The Falcons had nine penalties in Sunday's loss to the Chargers, six of those coming from the offensive line, four of them as false starts.

As the leader of Atlanta's offensive line, center Alex Mack didn't mince words when asked about his group's performance.

"That's unacceptable as an 'o-line' to have that many false starts and penalties," Mack said. "We will just have to look at the film, see what happened and try to fix it."

Prior to Sunday, the Falcons had five false start infractions, an especially low number considering the hostile environments they've played in thus far.

Head Coach Dan Quinn echoed a similar sentiment after the game, saying the number of penalties and the inability to get the Chargers' offense off the field on third down played major roles in the final outcome.

"The penalties put us in some long yardage scenarios offensively, what's disappointing about some of those is that they are pre-snap," Quinn said. "We know we can control those, we had our shots to finish this one. That's why it stings so much."

Two of Atlanta's losses this season have been riddled with pre-snap penalties on the offensive side of the ball. In the losses to Tampa Bay and San Diego, the Falcons have committed seven false start penalties.

With a talented Green Bay Packers team coming to town this weekend, Quinn and his team will shine a light on this specific part of their game this week.

"Collectively, that's us keeping our focus and our poise as an offensive line," Quinn said on Monday. "We'll get that problem solved. They are a very committed group this offensive line [is], for them to have that many they were disappointed for sure knowing that we set ourselves back on some of the fouls."

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