Smith calls first-place Falcons an imperfect 4-0

Updated: October 1, 2012, 5:56 PM ET
Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons are an imperfect 4-0.

That was the message from coach Mike Smith on Monday, one day after Atlanta's 30-28 win over Carolina.

Matt Ryan, whose health is crucial to the Falcons' continued success, was sacked a career-high seven times.

Smith said the defense gave up too many explosive plays to Cam Newton and the Panthers.

Smith also critiqued himself. He says he was too emotional when he grabbed assistant coach Ray Hamilton as the ...

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