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What They're Saying: Jeff Fisher Praises Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons visited Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital to sing carols with Santa and give autographed posters to the kids.

Head coach Jeff Fisher

On Falcons center Alex Mack and his matchup with DT Aaron Donald:
"You know, I'm just really impressed (with Mack). We're early in the preparation week, but just really impressed with his quickness, his strength, his leverage, the ability to get down to the second level, his ability to help the guards. It's really the first time I've really studied him in a few years, and he's got some really good players lined up next to him as well. I'm really impressed with how the offensive line is playing."

On the Falcons' RB duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman:
"It's really impressive to watch. Devonta is special from a lateral quickness standpoint, strength and quickness through the hole. Not only as a runner but also as a pass-catcher. And Coleman is very, very productive. He's a strong inside runner; he can get the ball outside. Both of them appear to be very, very smart players. They understand protections, they both play equally on third down, so it's a great combination. They've done an outstanding job with their offense as a whole."

On Atlanta's young and fast defense:
"I've been really impressed with Beasley. The sack numbers reflect that. I think it's a disciplined group. As you say, they do have speed, and they minimize a lot of big plays. It's impressive. When you have an offense that's scoring points like they are, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense. There's a lot of catch up stuff going on, hurry up. The numbers, statistically, don't reflect the type of talent they have on defense. They've done a good job building that defense."

Linebacker Alex Ogletree

On Atlanta's high-powered offense:
"Very explosive offense. They have guys all over the field – running backs, receivers, the O-line works really well together. They've got one of the top quarterbacks in the league, so they do a lot of great things how they use their players. And it's going to be a big challenge for us this week like it's been for the past few weeks here."

On what makes Matt Ryan one of the top quarterbacks:
"Just his leadership and how he gets the ball out. He places the ball where it needs to be for his receivers to go get it. He has his running game that's going really well for him that opens (it up) so he's able to see the field. His experience in the league – it makes him be a much better player."

On Atlanta's tight end group:
"They've got a good group of guys at all different position groups. The tight ends are coming along really well, and they're throwing really well right now. So it's going to be a challenge for all of us. Sometimes the linebackers will have to cover (the tight ends) and sometimes the safeties will have to cover them. We just have to be able to match up and win our one-on-one battles.

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