Dirk Koetter on Mentality to Beat the Falcons in Week 17

Sports Xchange

(On if linebacker Adarius Taylor’s wife had her baby)

(On the value of ending the season on a positive note and if that momentum can carry over)

“That’d be hard to say. Just trust me in saying that those guys are going out there to compete. They’re trying to win every week. First game, last game, game eight – they’re trying to win.”

(On why the team would play to win instead of improving draft position)

“Because in pro sports you’re getting paid to give your best and give your team the best chance to win. Thirty percent of your team’s going to turn over every year. You’ve got guys – players and coaches – all across the board. Other than preseason games, I’ve never been in a game in my life when you went out there not trying to win.”

(On why linebacker Devante Bond was not practicing yesterday)

“Bond was sick yesterday. He was out because of illness. He’s back today. We’re in decent shape.”

(On how much the quarterback play against Atlanta is a ‘secret’ with Ryan Griffin active)

“There’s no secret at all. I just got through saying we’re playing to win. It’s like any other game. The two quarterback would play in the situation he would play in any other game.”

(On if quarterback Ryan Griffin could have a role similar to Saints quarterback Taysom Hill)

“What they’re doing with Taysom Hill, that’s totally different. They’re saying he’s the fastest guy on their team. He’s 220 pounds. They’re playing him like a slot, like an H tight end, like a half back. He’s playing a lot of positions. He’s their ‘PP’ on the punt team. I don’t see any other teams putting their quarterback as the PP on punt and really, they’re not even listing him as their two-quarterback. It’d be interesting, if they rested [Drew] Brees, who they would play at quarterback. I’m going to guess probably [Teddy] Bridgewater. You can’t compare anybody’s two to what they’re doing with Taysom Hill in my opinion.”

(On how he handles the unknowns at the end of every season)

“It’s challenging, but again it comes with the territory. I’d say it’s challenging on players and coaches, but especially on their families. You’ve got guys that come to work every day they’re in it and they’re talking to other guys that are in it. The wives, the kids, schools – that kind of thing – that’s upsetting. If you’ve ever been in that position where your future was unsettled, it’s just not the most comfortable feeling. Also, we picked it. We picked the profession.”