Atlanta trying to clean up special teams problems

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At New Orleans two weeks ago, Lance Moore returned Koenen’s first kickoff 72 yards to the Atlanta 6, and the Saints took a seven-point lead three plays later.

After the Falcons forced a 7-7 tie on the next possession, Courtney Roby returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards, but he might have scored if not for Koenen’s tackle.

“Everybody’s got to do their job,” Koenen said this week. “Obviously, if I’m making tackles, then they’re getting past where we want them to do, but if I have to I will.”

In the season-opening loss at Pittsburgh, Mughelli had a 9-yard holding penalty that wiped out Eric Weems’ 19-yard return, and six plays later, after Koenen punted from the Atlanta 9, the Steelers won the game.

“We have got to be more effective and efficient on special teams,” Smith said. “It’s really one third of the game.”

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