Falcons Intent on Learning From Loss

Falcons Intent on Learning From Loss

Jay Adams

Published November 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

The day after a win tends to be pretty quiet around Flowery Branch as players are given the day off, even though a good majority of them do decide to come in and work out.

The day after a loss is even quieter, even though the entire team is in the building.

Suffering their first of the season Sunday — a 31-27 decision at the hands of NFC South rival New Orleans — the Falcons went right back to work Monday, intent on learning from the mistakes of a game that allowed an unbeaten season to slip away.

“We have a veteran football team. We’ve won games, we’ve lost games. It’s all about the way you bounce back,” cornerback Dunta Robinson said Monday. “One thing I know about this team, in the years that I’ve been here, is that we’ve always bounced back after a loss and I don’t expect anything different. We’re 8-1, you know what I mean? You can’t be too down and you can’t be too disappointed about that.

“Did we want to win that game yesterday? Of course, and we should have won that game, but we didn’t get it done.”

Robinson’s comments were echoed around the locker room Monday morning. The Falcons, while quiet and reflective Monday, won’t stew on things for long and will work to fix the mistakes of Sunday’s game.

Tony Gonzalez said after Sunday’s loss that the confidence the Falcons have in themselves and their outlook for the rest of 2012 doesn’t change because of what happened in the Superdome. They’ll just take it as an opportunity to build on the confidence they already have in place.

“I don’t think we needed a wake-up call. There’s areas every Sunday that you can improve in, whether you win or lose,” center Todd McClure said. “This team wasn’t asleep. We worked hard last week; we just didn’t execute like we should have on Sunday. It’s tough to win a game on Sundays every week, much less nine in a row. Would we have liked to have won it? Yeah, we would have liked to have been 9-0 right now, but we’re not. We’ve still got a good football team — a lot of confidence in this locker room, and I think it’s going to take us a long way this year.”

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