Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, speaking on SportsCenter Monday from the owners meeting in Phoenix, talked again about getting over the disappointment of blowing a 28-3 lead in a 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLI.
Quinn was asked how many times he's reviewed the tape.
"Probably somewhere between 10 and 15 (times)," Quinn said.
As he did at the NFL combine in February, Quinn emphasized that you have to own the mistakes that were made in the game. Quinn again discussed the "what ifs" from the game, such as if the Falcons should have run the ball late rather than drop back to throw with the game on the line. The decision backfired with a costly turnover when Matt Ryan was sacked and lost the ball on third-and-1 after Devonta Freeman missed a block. Then later, with the Falcons driving for what would have been a field goal, left tackle Jake Matthews was whistled for a holding call on a third-down pass play from Ryan to Mohamed Sanu. The Falcons could have ran the ball more during the drive and kept within field goal range rather than having to punt so the Patriots could drive for the eventual game-tying score.
"Well, yeah, you definitely do the what-if game," Quinn said Monday. "Past that, what I came to realize is what if the lessons I learned helped me for the next 20, 25 years of coaching. When you go into games and you battle for it in a championship format, we learned how hard you've to strain and battle for it."