“He was the first guy in the weight room this offseason,” Smith told reporters on Thursday, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think he took somewhere between two or three weeks off before he popped back up here in the building. When you have your quarterback as the first guy in I think that’s a positive thing. It’s funny how other guys started to trickle in when he came in.
“I see it in Matt’s strength. I know some of you are saying, ‘He doesn’t look like he’s that much bigger,’ but when you’re slight like Matt is and have the body type that he does you’re working in percentages. Matt’s done a good job with his body. He looks stronger throwing the football, and if you start the season stronger you’re obviously going to finish the season stronger. That’s something that we have talked to our entire football team about is finishing. Finish everything we do.”
“Finish” is definitely the key word for the Falcons. They’ve had four straight winning seasons, three postseason appearances in four seasons, but not a single playoff win. Until they can win a playoff game, they simply won’t be taken seriously as a team that can contend for a Super Bowl.