Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Arthur Smith joined Dukes & Bell for his weekly visit with the guys and talked about where he thinks the team is after the first quarter of the season is now over.
Smith was asked about the identity of his team after four games.
“Here’s where you’re seeing growth, I kind of used my business analogy earlier when I was talking with the press, it’s not where you want to be 1-3 you can get frustrated by things, I’m encouraged by other things,” Smith said. “I kind of look at it like the early days of a company, we haven’t turned a profit yet but there’s definitely encouraging things, as crappy as it felt Sunday you lose that game, a game we felt we should have won but we didn’t deserve to win.”
“At the end of the day when you look at your mindset it’s kind of how you ended the New York game, and then we won, obviously they got the lead late, at the end of the day our guys keep swinging, we didn’t collapse, they scored on a broken play on that touchdown. We didn’t shut it down there was still time on the board, we needed a touchdown, we marched down the field, end of the day we had one second left we played to the last play, the ball went up in the air and they knocked it down. If you’re trying to be optimistic, you’re seeing where the culture shift is, what we can’t do is let this linger and not to continue to improve. I think there are signs, these guys are going to fight, so we’re getting close. I’ll put it this way, we’re in the early days of a company, we haven’t turned a profit but I feel like our foundation is strong and strengthening.”