Gonzalez: ‘The Confidence Hasn’t Changed’

Gonzalez: ‘The Confidence Hasn’t Changed’

Jay Adams

Published November 11, 2012 at 5:09 PM

There will be no panicking. There will be no whining. As far as Tony Gonzalez is concerned, the only thing that changed Sunday was that the Falcons now have a straight number in the loss column.

A hard-fought 31-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome after going unbeaten up to that point has all the potential to bring the Falcons down off a great high they’ve experienced all season.

But Gonzalez won’t let that happen, as if he needed to step in and keep it from happening. The Falcons are still a great football team, he said.

“This is football. No one’s gonna go around crying. No one’s gonna go around panicking or anything like that,” Gonzalez said in the locker room after the game. “We’re a good football team. The confidence hasn’t changed. Our scheme isn’t going to change. There is no magic answer I’m going to give you for why we lost or why they won. This is a typical football game — hard-fought, rivalry game. They came out on top of us today.”

The Saints have had the Falcons’ number as of late — the last time the Falcons earning a victory over the division rival coming in September of 2010, which was earned in overtime.

Despite that, Gonzalez — true to his stature as a team leader — doesn’t think that has anything to do with what happened Sunday.

“Every year is a new year. They’re up and down this year, but we’re a good football team,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t think they’re in our heads at all — at least, not for me. I can speak personally for me and I think I can speak for this team. They’re not in our heads at all. That was a good football game. Like I said, at the end, we had our chances and we didn’t capitalize at the end of it.”

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