You could drive a semi through the gap in intensity between the Falcons and the Jaguars. It’s tempting to dismiss the Falcons’ passion as a product of their familiar environs, but it goes deeper than that. The Falcons have swagger. It radiates from position coaches such as Ray Hamilton and Alvin Reynolds, both of whom jabbered nonstop during defensive line and defensive backs drills, respectively; and it’s echoed by players like middle linebacker [Curtis] Lofton. When he felt one Falcons’ drill had ended listlessly, he exhorted his teammates to “Pick this s— up! This ain’t us!”
As a fan, there’s nothing better you can hear. Focused intensity. The Falcons have it and the rest of the NFC is about to believe.