Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said that he wanted to finish the regular season “the right way”, but may have ended it completely the wrong way. He kept his starters in throughout their 22-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which saw two key players leave with injuries. Starting cornerback Dunta Robinson left in the 1st quarter with a head injury and did not return, and veteran DE John Abraham had to be helped off the field after suffering an ankle injury in the 4th quarter. Atlanta has home field advantage throughout the playoffs and this could surely come back to bite them if both injuries are serious enough. In playing his starters, Smith was looking to build some momentum going into the playoffs. Now, he’s left with a loss and two key injuries. Not a good way to finish. "You want to go out and play your best," Smith said. "To go out there and not play your best is counterintuitive to guys in that locker room and it's counterintuitive to us as football coaches." var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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  • I agree with Terry Bradshaw. It made no sense to leave the starters in the game. Now we've got 2 key players injured and the physic depression of having to live 2 weeks knowing their first string players couldn't beat a last place team, how are they going to win in the playoffs? what was the coach of the falcons thinking? why didn't he take the starters out after the half and let the 2nd and 3rd string live with the fact they couldn't beat a last place team? It made no sense at all.

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