When it's new like this, it's always a work in progress. It still is right now because there are things that you practice, every team is this way, you practice things you haven't shown [in an exhibition game] and have only done in practice. I would say they have progressed pretty well. The guys have responded well to the things we have asked them to do, scheme-wise and technique-wise.
Nolan has his concerns about the defense -- though he gives no details -- but he likes the talent on that side of the ball and feels they have a chance to be good in 2012. They'll get their first test when the Falcons open the regular season against Kansas City on Sept. 9.
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