FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
With Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith being the sane man that he is, he is trying a different approach than the one he took two years ago, when the Falcons also earned the NFC's top seed for the postseason.
First, Smith said that during the bye week he increased the amount of work the Falcons did on the field, as opposed to two years ago when eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay unceremoniously dispatched the Falcons at the Georgia Dome 48-21 after the Falcons mostly used that first week for rest.
"We really need to get some work done and stay focused on doing the things we're going to have to do on the football field during the game," Smith said.
Smith said he thinks the extra work will help the Falcons improve their timing and fundamentals as they approach their opponent on Jan. 13, be it Minnesota, Seattle or Washington.