FLOWERY BRANCH – Atlanta Falcons head coach, Mike Smith said the decision to cut fullback Lousaka Polite and sign Mike Cox was “strictly a football decision.”
“We felt like we needed to make to make a change there and we did,” said Smith. “We’re very familiar with Mike Cox, he was on our football team last year, [he] competed in the preseason. he didn’t make our roster originally and we felt like we were going to bring him back. That was a decision that we made over the last couple of days.”
Although the running game has improved over the last few weeks, Cox signing is expected to add an extra boost to the backfield.
“We certainly hope it helps the run game,” said Smith. “Mike is a guy that’s familiar, he can step right in, he knows our offense. He was here with us the entire offseason and he’s a guy that can lead through the hole. He did it last year for us and he’s a guy that can catch the ball.”
The Falcons, who are undefeated, play five of their six divisional games in the second half of the regular season.
“When you’re playing in the division, it ramps up, there’s no doubt about it,” said the Falcons head coach. “You put a lot more weight, in terms of value, on division games. Ultimately, your number one goal is to win your division, that’s the way to guarantee that you’ll be able to play in the second season.”
Atlanta has been very good on the road this season, winning its road games by an average of 15 points per game. But this week’s matchup in New Orleans is a different story.
“That’s a very boisterous crowd and it will be an issue in terms of communication for our team this week,” said Smith. “We’re going to have to make sure that we’re on top of it, especially on the offensive side of the ball. We’re going to have to be able to use nonverbal communication in terms of getting in and out of plays, so its a big challenge. Its a great atmosphere, the Saints and the Falcons. When they meet, its usually a battle and we’re looking forward to it.”