Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn joined The Morning Show with John Fricke and Hugh Douglas Tuesday to talk about the team’s preparations for the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the NFL playoffs. Coach Quinn opened the interview congratulating Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs saying he’s “pumped for those guys” as they advanced to the national championship game.
As far as his team is concerned, Quinn said left guard Andy Levitre will not practice Tuesday as he continues to battle a triceps injury. However, tight end Levine Toilolo will be back at practice in some capacity today. Ben Garland has been the guy who has stepped in for Levitre the past three games and will be tested this weekend by a good Rams defensive line. “We certainly count on Ben; he always steps up when we need him to. And we’ll need him to again,” Quinn said.
The Falcons have a short week of practice since they’ll be traveling on Thursday out west. Coach Quinn isn’t worried about the short week because they’re familiar with the process of playing on the left coast. “We’re accustomed to playing anybody, anywhere, anytime; we’ve been in the Northwest, Midwest, Northeast… Thursdays, Mondays, Sundays… that’s the life of a competitor,” said Quinn.
Looking at the matchup, Quinn said Rams quarterback Jared Goff takes good care of the ball. He knew Goff was a talented quarterback last year, but notices he’s more comfortable in Year 2. Dan Quinn also talked about the reliability of running back Todd Gurley. “He’s got toughness, he’s got speed,” said Quinn in terms that he can break out long runs when you thought you had him down.