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Atlanta Falcons are to avoid a 6-10 record.It might not sound like much of an accomplishment after winning an NFC title and advancing to the second round of the playoffs in the last two seasons http://www.carolinapanthersteamonline.com/christian-miller-jersey , but Quinn said the Falcons still have goals to attain.After watching his team beat Carolina and Arizona in consecutive weeks, Quinn is proud that the defense created seven takeaways and the offense piled up 64 points. He said the wins were a result of players not quitting on each other during a five-game losing streak that ruined their wild-card chances.“It’s been a difficult time, man,” Quinn said in a conference call with reporters Monday. “No question about it in terms of not taking our opportunities when they were there, but to see the fight and resolve, that means a lot. I know we’ll fight our ass off again this week.”The Falcons will return to practice Wednesday to prepare for the season finale at Tampa Bay. It’s their third straight game against a non-playoff opponent, but Quinn isn’t concerned so much about the matchup. His focus is on details like turnover margin, pass rush and establishing and stopping the run.The defense has been energized with the return of middle linebacker Deion Jones Jordan Scarlett Jersey , who has 27 solo tackles, one forced fumble, three pass breakups and an interception he ran back for a long touchdown since coming back four games ago from a foot injury.Jones has what Quinn calls the “intent and speed” to make everyone around him better.“Over that time, our turnover attempt has been better as well,” Quinn said. “I think we had a couple against Baltimore. We didn’t recover them. We had a couple of opportunities at Green Bay. We didn’t catch ’em.“In these last two games, we had more chances and we had more production. I keep track every game of how many shots on the ball we’ve had, and for the last four games those shots have gone up each game. That’s a good sign that we’re tracking in the right direction.”Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has three sacks, five quarterback hits and a forced fumble since Jones’ return. Nickel cornerback Brian Poole has one sack Greedy Williams Jersey , two interceptions, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries just in the last two weeks.Offensively, despite stars like Matt Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP, and six-time Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones, the Falcons have been a disaster running the ball. But after entering the Arizona game last in the NFL in rushing, they have racked up 409 yards averaged 8.5 yards per carry in two straight games.Tevin Coleman, the team’s leading rusher since former Pro Bowl back Devonta Freeman was lost to season-ending injuries http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.com/justice-hill-jersey-authentic , is questionable this week because of sore groin. Quinn believes he will be able to play, but the Falcons will lean on Brian Hill regardless. Hill finished with 115 yards on eight carries at Carolina, getting the chance to play when third-stringer Ito Smith was lost for the season to an injury after the Arizona game.It’s another example Quinn cites of the next man stepping up when a teammate goes down. The Falcons never recovered after losing starting guards Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco and starting safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen, but the good news is that offensive linemen Ty Sambrailo and Zane Beadles and defensive backs Damontae Kazee and Isaiah Oliver carved out important roles.“What I’ve told all of them is that this will serve a higher purpose in the end,” Quinn said. “Through the years I’ve seen when that’s not the case, and it’s tough to get it back, but this team fights. We’ve never backed off the culture in the locker room they’ve created.“I’m sure in the next year so I’ll reflect back on some of these moments and the lessons learned and the leaders that were developed.” PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long announced his retirement from football Saturday night, ending an 11-year NFL playing career that included winning two Super Bowl titles and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.Long posted his decision on Twitter Ben Powers Jersey , with a tweet that included a picture of his right hand holding up a red cup with a grassy field, trees and mountains in the background.“Cheers,” Long wrote. “Been a hell of a journey. Eleven years and I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it. Highs and lows. I’ve seen them both and I appreciate the perspective. Gratitude and love to those who lifted me up.”The 33-year-old son of Hall of Famer Howie Long had 70 career sacks and 15 forced fumbles in stints with the Rams, Patriots and Eagles. He won back-to-back championships with the Patriots (2017) and Eagles (2018). Long was selected last February as the league’s Walter Payton Award recipient for his outstanding community service.He established the Chris Long Foundation in 2015 to impact communities nationally and internationally through programs focusing on clean water, military appreciation, and youth education.In 2017, Long donated his entire salary to support education in cities where he has played: St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia.Last year http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.com/iman-marshall-jersey-authentic , Long climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with other NFL players and some U.S. military veterans to raise money to build clean water wells for East Africa.He was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Rams out of Virginia. Long spent his first eight seasons in St. Louis before signing with New England as a free agent in 2016. He played his final two seasons with Philadelphia after joining the Eagles as a free agent.“Chris was everything that we thought he was and even more — not only as a great player for our football team, but also in the community,” the Eagles said in a statement posted on their website. “There aren’t many players who can say they won back-to-back Super Bowls and the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award.“He accomplished both with class and grace. There’s no question that his work ethic combined with his unique talent made him into one of the greatest of this era’s professional athletes.”


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