Smith’s Video Strikes Chord with Falcons

Smith’s Video Strikes Chord with Falcons

Jay Adams

Published January 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

When head coach Mike Smith stood in front of his team Thursday morning, he didn’t do much talking. Instead, he let former Super Bowl champions do it for him.

Inside the team meeting room, Smith pushed play on a video that was about six minutes long that featured former Super Bowl champions like Ronnie Lott, Jerome Bettis, Steve Mariucci and other Hall-of-Famers speaking about what it means to win a Super Bowl, the experience of it all and the focus that’s required once you get to this point in the football season.

“That’s the film that we all want. That’s what you play this game for. This is it. This is what you’ve been playing for since you were a little kid,” said tight end Tony Gonzalez, who was particularly affected by the video. “Everybody knows about the Super Bowl and we have a shot, just like the other teams in the playoffs this year, so it’s important that we start to focus. I think that’s why we’re here. We didn’t really take a bye week. We just came out and tried to stay sharp and stay focused and get ready for this run.”

And part of that equation is the motivation that the coaches try to instill in the meeting rooms, and Thursday’s video went a long way toward doing that.

Thursday morning’s practice was noticeably intense and focused.

“It hit home for a lot of guys,” Gonzalez said. “It just talks about the focus and the level of intensity that comes about when you get to the playoffs, and I’ve been there before. Everything that they say was right. We want to make sure that we’re on the winning side of that coin because, on the other side, we’ve all been there.”

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