Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 8/10/12
It's telling that after the Falcons' 31-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in their preseason opener on Thursday that the head coaches of both teams were displeased with their respective teams' performances. Maybe that's just the nature of the preseason. Falcons head coach Mike Smith concentrated his postgame remarks mostly on why his team didn't win, as if it were a regular season game: too many turnovers, too many penalties. On Tuesday, Smith observed that the Falcons probably only have 12 or 13 spots up for grabs on their 53-man roster. After Thursday's game, Smith focused his displeasure mainly on the second- and third-teamers who will comprise the overwhelming majority of those 12 or 13 players who will fill out the lineup. However, it wasn't all bad. Smith pointed out some positives, as well. Here are five observations from the game: 1. Dominique Franks, punt returner. Among the first words of praise out of Smith's mouth for a specific player were for Dominique Franks, who ...
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