Falco4 Posted May 14, 2010 Share Posted May 14, 2010 Of course, the topic title is being used for dramatic effect. :P This is not supposed to be a revelation. All of us know that our secondary was extremely weak last year, especially with our injuries to Williams and Moore.Everyone thought we needed to focus on a huge upgrade to our pass rush (something that we did not get in the draft). Although I agree with this statement, I think it's important to cite two different cases:Case #1: Giants Pass Rush: No doubt, this probably was the biggest factor to their superbowl run. They were extremely successful, however, take a look at this past year. Their pass rush was literally a non-factor. Why? Kenny Phillips, an absolute ball-hawk, was injured for the entire year, and the Giants had to deal with a much weaker secondary. So, when the pass rush was less than par for a game, the effect was devastating since the secondary couldn't make any stops.Case #2: Jets Secondary: Despite having a weak pass rush, the Jets were able to muster a top defense last year. They have, without a doubt, the best secondary in the game. They don't need a pass rush; they blitz their linebackers on almost every down, so having athletic and versitle linebackers are a must. And, with the addition of Cromartie, this team will force a lot of turnovers. And, even though they have both Cromartie and Revis, they added ANOTHER secondary back in the draft. Jets have a clear philosophy: fast and physical secondary backs trump pass rush.What's my point here? The league, which has been following the Giants model of getting premier pass rushers, is now moving towards the secondary-happy Jets model. TD clearly is showing this: adding a versitile linebacker who is fast enough to rush the QB and drop into coverage. Adding a ballhawk in Franks.And of course, Dunta Robinson. I feel good about almost every aspect of the Falcons: QB, RBs, WRs, Linebackers, etc. But if I could single-out one person who can make or break the Falcons season, it's Dunta. If he can do what he's being paid to do (shuttin down #1 WRs) as well as lead and improve the secondary, this team can really go all the way. And, by taking a little pressure of our frontline, I think bierman and Abe can really let loose and get some sacks.Here's an excerpt from the AJC: AJC Article----"In addition to his skills, the Falcons hope that Robinson can infuse some swagger and confidence into the unit. Before the secondary defended the wide receivers in one-on-one drills, he attempted to set the tone and step into the leadership role.The cornerbacks gathered in a huddle."I said, ‘this is the first step for us to becoming the best secondary in the NFL,'" Robinson said. "‘We have to go out there like we can do it. We [must] have that belief in ourselves.' That's the tone that we are trying to set."---- Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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