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NEW ORLEANS -- For all of Dan Quinns background as a defensive specialist, the Atlan
NEW ORLEANS -- For all of Dan Quinns background as a defensive specialist, the Atlanta Falcons second-year coach is fielding an offense about as good as anyone right now.Matt Ryan has been efficient. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are wearing down defenses while keeping one another fresh. The offensive line is winning praise for its run-blocking and pass-protection. And the Falcons are outscoring even explosive opponents, as they did in a 45-32 triumph over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.We wanted to stay aggressive and keep attacking, Quinn said. The team did a very nice job of mixing up the run and pass.It was a satisfying triumph for the Falcons (2-1), who came in with just two victories in their 10 previous trips to the Superdome. It also made Atlanta the early front-runner in the NFC South.The winless Saints (0-3), by contrast, are in last place and were less competitive against the Falcons than they were in their first two losses to Oakland and the New York Giants.Saints quarterback Drew Brees is still racking up gaudy numbers. He passed for 376 yards and three TDs against Atlanta. But he never seems to have much margin for error. He threw one interception on a tipped ball and it was returned 90 yards the other way by rookie linebacker Deion Jones, who just happens to be a New Orleans native and LSU alum.Afterward, Brees lamented that Mondays result might have been different if not for a pair of major Saints mistakes -- his interception and a muffed Atlanta punt that the Falcons converted into an 11-yard touchdown drive.Theres no magic formula. Theres no magic offensive play or defensive scheme thats going to win you a game, Brees said. Its about each guy doing what theyve been coached to do, to their best ability. Theres going to be mistakes made at times, but lets not be a team thats going to beat themselves by doing things you know that will get you beat.Some other developments of note coming out of Atlantas win the Big Easy:BACKFIELD BONANZAFreeman and Coleman are taking pressure off Ryan by running well and turning short receptions into considerable gains. They combined for 296 yards from scrimmage and four TDs in New Orleans. Freeman rushed for 152 yards on just 14 carries, an average of nearly 11 yards per run. He scored his lone TD on a 13-yard pass from Ryan and finished with 55 yards receiving on five catches. Coleman ran for three TDs, once from 6 yards out and twice from 2 yards.BATTERED DEFENSEThe Saints entered the season with little defensive depth and appear to be reeling from injuries. Key players sidelined by injuries against Atlanta included defensive tackles Sheldon Rankins and Tyeler Davison, cornerbacks Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams, strong safety Kenny Vaccaro and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.They wound up allowing 442 net yards against Atlanta, but when Saints coach Sean Payton was asked about the toll injuries have taken, he responded, That is not going to be an excuse for not playing smart.RYANS EFFICIENCYThe Falcons star quarterback didnt keep pace with Brees -- and didnt need to. But he did play a relatively clean game. His two TD passes gave him seven TDs against one interception through three games. He is also completing about 71 percent of his passes for 323 yards per game.FLEENERS FORMAfter struggling to get involved in New Orleans passing game, tight end Coby Fleener -- a top acquisition in free agency -- looked in sync with Brees. Fleener caught seven passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, his best performance by far as a Saint.JONES RISEJones has demonstrated a lot of upside in his first three regular season games as a pro. In addition to his pivotal interception for a score in New Orleans, Jones was in on nine tackles and credited with two passes defended. For the young season, Jones is now second on the club with 25 solo or assisted tackles.---AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Air Force 1 Sp Italia . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship. Air Force 1 Alte Gore-Tex . President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest was fired Friday after 12 years with the Marlins. The move came as the team neared the end of its third consecutive last-place season in the NL East. . Hamelin, who triumphed in the 500 on Saturday, edged out Victor An of Russia by 0.021 seconds to maintain his lead in the World Cup standings. Russias Vladimir Grigorev was third. In the relay, Canada took control six laps from the finish line to beat Russia and the Netherlands. Air Force 1 Alte Comfort Prm Year Of Snake .Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J. Sf Air Force 1 Mid Nere .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. MADRID -- Spains new football coach Julen Lopetegui has promised to build on the success of predecessor Vicente del Bosque after being named as his replacement on Thursday.Del Bosques eight-year stint included World Cup and European Championship titles.Lopetegui said at his presentation that he wont immediately overhaul a squad that has lost its dominant edge.There wont be a revolution, there will be an evolution, Lopetegui said after being introduced by federation president Maria Angel Villar.The base of the national team is clear and still in its best moment. We are not thinking about a transition. Instead we are thinking about how to resolve each match ahead.Del Bosque stepped down following Spains elimination in the round of 16 of the European Championship. That came two years after failing to move beyond the group phase at the 2014 World Cup.We are going to benefit from all the good things that Spanish football has been doing for many years, but logically we are going to adapt it to each rival, Lopetegui said. Football doesnt stop. We are very proud of the past, but we are looking toward the present and the future.The 49-year-old Lopetegui had been without a job since January after being fired from FC Porto, his only head coaching job with a major club. He failed to win a title during almost ttwo years in Portugal.ddddddddddddA former goalkeeper who started a handful of games for Real Madrid and Barcelona, Lopetegui played for Spain in the 1994 World Cup and coached Spains youth squads from 2010-14.Del Bosque left after leading Spains most successful generation of players to titles at the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship, completing a run of three major titles by Spain started under Luis Aragones at Euro 2008.One of Lopeteguis main tasks will be to rebuild the team as many of its top players have started to fade. His familiarity with some of Spains younger players from his stint as its youth team coach -- including David de Gea and Alvaro Morata -- could help him move on from an aging group led by the 32-year-old Andres Iniesta.We know many of the players, Lopetegui said. I am convinced that this generation of Spanish football is good, as well as the one that is coming.Lopetegui refused to talk about the role of individual players, saying now was not the appropriate time.His first match will be Spains friendly in Belgium on September 1. Four days later Spain starts its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a home match against Liechtenstein. ' ' '

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