Falcons' preparation not changing heading into Super Bowl LI
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons continued their preparation for Super Bowl LI on Thursday.
However, their approach isn't anything new.
"Preparation is still some of the same, you just have to go out and do your job," said linebacker Courtney Upshaw.
"We try to keep everything inside of our walls regarding the process," said Head Coach Dan Quinn. "If we can make it feel as normal as we can in a setting like that is difficult, but that's the challenge."
Nothing changes for the Falcons even if there is a two week layover. It's still the same mentality day after day.
"We're going about this week as if we were playing Sunday," Upshaw said. "I think that's one of the good things about Quinn. He preaches don't change do what you do."
What the Falcons are challenged with is coming up with a game plan to stop one of the league's top dynasties in Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
"First thing that stands out, they got a great team and a great quarterback, great wide receivers," said cornerback Brian Poole. "It's just a great team so there's nothing really that stands out."
It may be a younger, more athletic Patriots team but to some savvy veterans, it's still the same old red, white and blue.
"It's the same old New England team with different guys doing different things," said defensive end Dwight Freeney.
What makes the Patriots so dangerous isn't just their ability to scout opponents, it's coaching of Bill Belichick that makes them unpredictable and sometimes un-scoutable.
"They will switch up what they do depending on who they play," Freeney said. "It's not like every game they're going to have the same exact game plan. I think that's the brilliance of Bill and what he does coming up with great game plans based on who they face."