Falcons to focus on themselves after 1-3 start

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Roddy White and Osi Umenyiora say that the Atlanta Falcons can fix their mistakes.

Coach Mike Smith says the team has no other choice after stumbling to a 1-3 start.

In losing consecutive regular season games for the first time in six years under Smith, the Falcons have a myriad of problems to correct.

Several starters are injured. Atlanta's red zone offense and defensive sacks per pass attempt both rank 28th in the NFL. The Falcons' defense ranks second-worst in third-down efficiency.

Quarterback Matt Ryan seems to be getting hit consistently in the pocket, and his throws are too often hurried.

White and Umenyiora say they're looking forward to practice Tuesday when Smith will have the starting offense and starting defense work against each other.

Atlanta hosts the New York Jets next Monday night.


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