FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. In one of his innumerably colorful moments less than a week into Falcons training camp, cornerback Asante Samuel volleyed a comment across the divide that separates offense and defense in the direction of new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
After an incomplete pass, Samuel's words were to the effect that Koetter should check the spacing between the receivers' routes on that particular play.
"If you're not having fun, you're just going to be going through the motions." Samuel said of his practice field antics, "so having fun and talking trash, putting the bulls-eye on your chest, it makes you stand up in the paint."
Some coaches might not take too kindly to such a defensive player telling them their business, but Koetter simply responded with a deferential tip of the visor.
Such is the respect with which Samuel, a four-time Pro-Bowler with 45 career interceptions, is treated, but also an example of his volubility on the...