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Why Has Falcons Pass Defense Been So Bad ?


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Pass Def ranks

2008- 21st

2009-29th

2010-22nd

2011-20th

2012- 23rd

2013 -21st

Draft picks spent on seconday past 6 seasons

3rd round pick Chevis Jackson

5th round pick Thomas Decoud

7th round pick Will Fontenot

2nd round pick William Moore

3rd round pick Chris Owens

5th round pick William Middleton

6th round pick as Shan Schillenger

5th round pick Dominiqe Franks

6th round pick Charles Mitchell

1st & 3round pick Desmond Trufant

2nd round pick Robert Alford

Free agent and Trades

Asante Samuel trade

Signs Dunta Robinson to 40 million deal

Trades for Foxworth

So what's the problem ? Why is our pass defense struggling

- we changed coaches

- we invested in talent

1) Obvious choice is lack of consistent pass rush . So why feel the need to spend a 1st -3rd round pick and still run into same issues we having in secondary . Breakdowns , Wrs running open . Why keep going to then well . In today's NFL game the object is to get to the QB as fast as you can off snap limiting the offense chance to create space and find holes in defense

2) We are doing the opposite . We are building defense with a young secondary and invested $ and draft picks thinking that coverage sacks happen . That is false .

3) Scheme issues . Our corners are rarely playing bump. They started late in season but is Nolan or BVG to scared to get burned on back end to bring the blitz and extra pass rush to try and get to QB. We also allow teams to dictate there passing game on our defense by allowing to keep stuff in front . Seahawks defense and secondary is quite the opposite

We have two young corners

A hard hitting S

A veteran that is a ball hawks

a solid DC

but yet time after time our secondary is bad

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Hubris

That's from the front office thinking that what we had was 'good enough' and we didn't need a sizeable investment in pass rushers.

This includes free agency, draft, and coaching.

Agree but yet we continue to invest in finding secondary players. As good as Trufant and Alford played in the scheme of things we still struggled in secondary .

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Agree but yet we continue to invest in finding secondary players. As good as Trufant and Alford played in the scheme of things we still struggled in secondary .

Well THAT move I can understand more than others. It was a need and was also developing for the future.

As for the moves that made them a need... some were questionable.

They're rookies so they were going to make mistakes and I didn't see as many coverage breakdowns later in the season.

When you have rookies playing at every level in the defense it's going to be hard to evaluate the defense as a whole.

And again Hubris... I want to say TDs background was secondary evaluation. Maybe he feels better/safer about secondary players or maybe he thinks it's slightly more important.

As Tom Baker said "Who knows? Who-nose"

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Agree but yet we continue to invest in finding secondary players. As good as Trufant and Alford played in the scheme of things we still struggled in secondary .

We also frequently play William Moore as an extra linebacker and Decoud in the box as well. Probably because our defensive line doesn't stop the run OR rush the passer.

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