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Atlanta D to keep Falcons grounded

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 | Print Entry

Many are expecting the Falcons to have a big season, and they might. But for all of Atlanta's offensive firepower, there still are notable defensive questions.

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Atlanta D to keep Falcons grounded

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 | Print Entry

Many are expecting the Falcons to have a big season, and they might. But for all of Atlanta's offensive firepower, there still are notable defensive questions.

Many of them revolve around experience, or the lack of it. The Falcons field the league's youngest defense. The average age on the team is 27.6 years, which makes it the fourth-youngest roster in the league. More than half of the Falcons' defensive starters are composed of players with less than three years of experience.

Additionally, seven of the Falcons' eight draft picks this season were on defense, a sure sign the team knows it needs to get younger and better.

But chances are it will not come without some growing pains. This team knew, when it was being built, that it first had to find a quarterback and some supporting actors. It did. Now it's time to upgrade the defense.

So while Atlanta is poised to continue winning, the defense still is growing. And it will be for a while. It is a fact that should not be overlooked as this season's kickoff creeps closer.

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