Mike Smith isn’t complacent despite high-flying Falcons’ 4-0 liftoff
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons are an imperfect 4-0.
Smith also critiqued himself. He says he was too emotional when he grabbed assistant coach Ray Hamilton as the Falcons had only 10 defensive players on the field in the closing seconds after Matt Bryant’s 40-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining gave the Falcons the lead.
“We were trying to get 11 guys on the field,” Smith said. “We only had 10 guys out there on the field. One thing I’m not going to do, I’m not going to have our team at a disadvantage before the snap. We were trying to make sure we handled that situation.”
“There was something that happened, and it was in the heat of the battle,” he said. “I’ve had a conversation with coach Hamilton.
“I try to be 100 percent. I wasn’t 100 percent yesterday. I’ve got to do better. I’ve got to be better.”
Smith said his next move was calculated and even rehearsed.
Smith said his called timeout was a planned maneuver because the NFL doesn’t penalize a team for calling too many timeouts. As an official came over to remind Smith he was out of timeouts, the Falcons had the time needed to get the 11th defensive player on the field.
“There’s a lot of pressure out there, but that’s what we signed up for,” Smith said. “I thought our guys handled it very well. We’ve got some things that we’ve got to do better. I’ve got some things I’ve got to do better in terms of managing the end of the game. It’s something we’re all going to learn from in terms of what we’ve got to improve on.”
The Falcons play Sunday at Washington.