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Vontae Davis: Ochocinco a 'future Hall of Famer'

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Vontae Davis: Ochocinco a 'future Hall of Famer'

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis knows the stakes willbe high from the get-go, as the Patriots enter their building for a Week 1divisional matchup.

But thats not just because its an early AFC East battle.Its also because New England went out in the offseason and loaded up itsoffense with wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who Davis praisedin a conference call on Wednesday.

Needless to say, the Dolphins secondary is expecting TomBrady to make Ochocinco a vital part of the Patriots offense starting on Monday night.

Theyre going to try to get him the ball, said Davis.Chad, hes still a good receiver. Hes a future hall of famer, and thats whatkind of guy he is. Im pretty sure theyre going to want to get him the ball asmuch as possible.

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Quinn hoping Falcons won't be focused on 28-3 this week

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Quinn hoping Falcons won't be focused on 28-3 this week

FOXBORO -- They say you can't live in the past. But for the Falcons, that may be easier said than done this week. 

“Well, for sure we’ve talked about it," Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said of Super Bowl LI. "The biggest thing we’ve said was you don’t get to go replay games. You don’t get to go replay the Super Bowl. We lost last week and we don’t get to go replay the Miami game. One of the sayings we have is, 'The only fight that matters is the one you’re in.' 

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"That is where our focus is, and even deeper than that, our focus is for us to play at our best. We’re not there yet. That is what we’re out chasing. We don’t want to go into the rematch world because we learned our lessons and you don’t get to apply them until you’re back in them again. If we keep looking back in the rear view, we’re not going to be where we want to be."

The reality is, though, Super Bowl LI and New England's 25-point comeback win is going to be part of Atlanta's preparations this week.

Both Bill Belichick and Dan Quinn have said at different points that they'll look at that game because the personnel on both sides is so similar. Though the teams aren't constructed exactly the same, and though the Falcons are operating under a new offensive coordinator, last season's finale still has value . . . as difficult as it may be for some to re-live it.

“It’s a big part [of the preparations], and here’s why," Quinn said. "When you face a team for a second time in less than a year, it’s almost like, I am not going to call it a division game, but you have more familiarity than when you don’t. You go back to look how they featured the players in their roles last year and go back to look at some of the roles for this year.

"The players also have some familiarity with one another. 'How to a guard this guy? I have to make sure my leverage is right when I tackle this player. When I am in press coverage this release worked, this one wasn’t as effective.' There’s definitely familiarity. We definitely looked back at that game, but also the games from this year, too. That is pretty normal operating procedure when we’re playing a team. We may go back a year or even two years if the coaching staff is the same to see if there’s some philosophical scheme and plays that they are really comfortable with."