To the right side of the Falcons' locker room, in the short corner, there is life.
There is an energy, a cluster of defensive backs each talking over one another. They are an enthusiastic bunch, as players on winning football teams are wont to be, reveling in jokes made funnier via victory. The laughter grows louder with every win.
It's been building for eight weeks.
In the midst of the Falcons' 8-0 run and their multi-faceted offense's production tight end Tony Gonzalez calls it the "P.Y.P. offense, pick your poison" Atlanta's defense is quietly rising to the challenge every week. Until the game ends. That's when the secondary's station begins to buzz once more.
"That's how champions do, you know?" veteran cornerback Asante Samuel (somewhat rhetorically) asked media members following the team's 19-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. "You step on the field, you step on the practice field, as a champion. And we play with confidence and swag and that's what I think it's about."...