You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Q&A with Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry

Kansas City safety Eric Berry, who played at Creekside High and Tennessee, spoke to the Atlanta media on Wednesday.

Here’s what Berry had to say:

Q: Are you pretty excited about playing your first game in the Georgia Dome as a Kansas City Chief?

A: “Yeah, I’m always excited to come home.”

Q: Will a lot of family be there?

A: “Yeah, they’ll be there.”

Q: What’s been the key to the Chiefs’ comeback wins this season?

A: “Just sticking with the process and just understanding that things happen in the game. All of them don’t go your way. So, as long as you keep playing hard and keep competing something is bound to go your way. That’s the main thing that we focus on. We don’t really focus on the score. We focus on stacking good plays and giving it our best effort on each play.”

Q: How excited were you all to get Justin Houston back?

A: “Oh man, that was a big plus for us. He’s very excited to be back on the field. He’s very determined and everyone is in tune for the mission. We are just staying focused on that. We’ll just go and approach the game like that.”

Q: What’s the key to leading the league in turnover differential at plus-14?

A: “We just want to put our team in good situations. We practice taking the ball away in practice. It’s not just something that pop up and do during the game. We actually work on getting turnovers in practice and we try to score with them. That’s an emphasis through the week.”

Q: What more can we expect to see from Justin Houston?

A: “He’s just going to keep playing ball. I just know him as a person and I know how determined he is. I know how hard he worked to just get back on he field. I’m excited to see what he can do and how he can help us win on the field.”

Q: What have you seen from the Falcons offense?

A: “They just go and run their offense with a purpose. They are not just out there running plays. They have a specific plan and they know they are a good offense. They run their plays as if they are a good offense. They are very confident in what they do and that’s from player to player. They compete very well. We definitely have a challenge.”

Q: How do you handle the balance and diversity of the Falcons offense?

A: “Just read your keys and pay attention to what’s going on. Just keep stacking good plays and try to give as much effort and as much focus on each play. You have to go about it in that manner.”

Q: How do you deal with small and shifty players like Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel?

A: “Everybody just has to get to the ball. He’s a good player. He’s a speed receiver and has some good moves. It’s going to take more than one person to bring him down. But everybody just has to get to the ball.”

Q: Are you aware that other teams are talked about more than the Chiefs?

A: “I can’t really even get involved in that because I don’t really pay attention to that. I watch film on my iPad and there isn’t any sound on my iPad, so I just watch film and that’s it. I don’t really pay attention to media, as far as what’s being talked about.”

Q: Is there anybody in this league better than the Chiefs?

A: “I’m really just focused on what we do. I think we are the best at what we do and as long as we stay true to ourselves and our personality as a team, I think we’re good. We have to continue to grow and get better.”

Q: Do you all have all of the ingredients to win in January?

A: “Definitely, we just have to keep staying focused and take this things one game at a time. Next up is Atlanta.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Atlanta Falcons

A trip to the roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium
A trip to the roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Take a ride to the top of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, about 340 feet above what will become the playing field, and you see first-hand the challenge, the complexity and, yes, the marvel of the building’s retractable roof. You see the eight movable panels, called petals, each weighing about 500 tons. You see the rails on which the steel petals will...
High hopes for new high-tech Atlanta stadium despite delays
High hopes for new high-tech Atlanta stadium despite delays

Several high-profile failures have plagued Atlanta's reputation on a national stage over the years: unpreparedness for ice and snow storms, a recent highway collapse and subsequent shutdown from a fire, and chronic traffic and public transportation woes. Now, the city's new $1.5 billion stadium — touted as a state-of-the-art facility that can...
LEADOFF: Busy opening month set for Mercedes-Benz Stadium
LEADOFF: Busy opening month set for Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, an early report on Atlanta sports. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, scheduled to open Aug. 26, has a busy first month lined up. Eleven sports events are slated to be played in the new downtown stadium by Sept. 27. That includes a six-game homestand by Atlanta United, which on Wednesday announced some schedule revisions, as well...
Falcons’ Freeman said he won’t let negotiations affect him
Falcons’ Freeman said he won’t let negotiations affect him

When Devonta Freeman ended his news conference, he stepped down from the stage and proceeded to shake hands with every member of the media, even cameramen, thereby reaffirming both his unpretentious, humble nature and that he’s not the president of the United States. Peace reigns today in the world of the Falcons’ top running back and,...
Jones anointed vocal leader of the defense
Jones anointed vocal leader of the defense

Off the football field, Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones doesn’t like to talk much. On the field, that’s a problem for the team’s defensive signal-caller. Jones is required to bark out the signals to make sure that the other 10 players can hear him, sometimes with 80,000 hostile folks yelling to drown him out. Jones, who was...
More Stories