Jump to content

Falcons Desperate To Get Pressure On Qbs


vafalconfan
 Share

Recommended Posts

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- When a quarterback drops back to pass against the Atlanta Falcons, there's no need to worry about getting sacked.

The Falcons are the only team in the NFL without a sack after the first two weeks of the season. In fact, they've only been credited with one hit on the quarterback - and that came as they surrendered a 76-yard touchdown pass to the Cincinnati Bengalsthis past Sunday.Or even taking a hit.

On Monday, the Falcons (1-1) went through an evening walkthrough at their suburban training facility, staying on the field nearly a half-hour after sundown as they prepared to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) on a short week.

''It was getting a little dark out there,'' receiver Devin Hester said with a smile. ''And the mosquitoes started biting.''

If only the pass rushers showed a little bite.

The Falcons are paying a heavy price for their failure to bring in someone who can provide consistent pressure off the edge, whether through the draft or in free agency. They haven't ranked in the top half of the league in sacks since 2008 -Mike Smith's first season as coach - and there's no sign of anything changing this year.

At times, Smith has gotten defensive about the paltry sack numbers, saying it's just as important to force the quarterback into hurried throws. But even he can't defend what he's seen through two weeks.

''We've got to put more pressure on the quarterback,'' he said. ''It's not where we want to be at after the first two games. I think that's translated into us not playing the type of defense that we want. We haven't been able to pressure the quarterback, nor have we been able to stop the run. That's two issues that we definitely have to address and get better at.''

Really, the Falcons have no one to blame but themselves.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff, who came to Atlanta the same year as Smith, has not picked a defensive end higher than the fourth round. The only one to make any sort of contribution is Kroy Biermann, an undersized end who has never had more than five sacks in a season.

The only player to post double-digit sacks during the Dimitroff-Smith era is John Abraham, whose signing by the Falcons preceded the current regime.

Abraham was let go in a salary-cutting move before last season, but that was clearly a mistake. He had 11.5 sacks for the Arizona Cardinals, four more than Falcons leader Osi Umenyiora.

This year, more of the same.

Or, should we say, even less.

''The ball's coming out quick,'' defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux said. ''We've just go to continue to plug away, continue to work together as a unit.''

Atlanta hoped to improve its pass rush by signing bulky defensive tackles Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson, figuring that would tighten up the run defense, force opponents into more passing situations, and make the quarterback a more inviting target.

But the Bengals rushed for 170 yards in their dominating 24-10 victory - it wasn't really that close - and the Falcons have surrendered an average of 154.5 yards through two games, a dismal 26th in the early league rankings.

This looks like a good week to turn things around.

On Thursday night, the Falcons will face a Buccaneers team that ranks near the bottom of the league in total yards and scoring average after losing its first two games. If the guys up front can do a better job pressuring Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown, Atlanta's promising secondary should get more of a chance to shine.

If not, it's going to be a long season.

''We help the D-line. The D-line helps us,'' cornerback Desmond Trufant said. ''If we cover better, maybe they can get to the quarterback better.''

NOTES: Good news for the Falcons on the injury front: left tackle Jake Matthews is expected to play against the Buccaneers. Matthews was listed as limited following the walkthrough, but Smith expects him to fully participate in Tuesday's practice. ''It's the first time in my life I've had to sit out a game with an injury,'' Matthews said. ... Gabe Carimi, who started in Matthews' spot, could remain in the lineup even if the rookie returns. Right tackle Lamar Holmes struggled against the Bengals, making it possible that Carimi will shift sides.

---

Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The entire aricle should be a wake-up call for those that continue to remian self blinded and full of sunshine and hope that this defense will be great under the Masterful Nolan...

While I understand sacks can be deceiving and pressure is important...last time I checked, a QB can still complete a pass for a gain even under pressure...that is not the case if he is sacked...there is a big difference in negative plays, yardage...

This defense is so "tight" and scared of giving up the BIG pla, that it cant make its own BIG plays....

Edited by Matt_The Iceman_Ryan
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Really, the Falcons have no one to blame but themselves.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff, who came to Atlanta the same year as Smith, has not picked a defensive end higher than the fourth round. The only one to make any sort of contribution is Kroy Biermann, an undersized end who has never had more than five sacks in a season.

There is the source of Atlanta's problems. Thomas DUMMYTROFF- What's a Defense?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2010 lost to packers. in playoffs; Experts say Falcons need to get pass rush, draft Julio Jones

2011 lose to Giants in playoffs; Experts say FALCONS NEED TO GET PASS RUSH, no 1st round but draft center in 2nd round

2012 Lose to 49ers in playoffs after up 17-0; EXPERTS SAY FALCONS NEED TO GET PASS RUSH, Draft 2 corners back -to back 1st and 2nd

2013 Horrible year, Experts say FALCONS NEED PASS RUSH and protect the qb, Draft oline.

2014: 2 games in 0 sacks, 1 qb hit EXPERTS SAY FALCONS NEED TO GET PASS RUSH

Link to comment
Share on other sites

look dimitroff has done a good job.....its the coaching.

Hes gotten us players that got us to the nfc championship and in the playoffs almost annually.

The minute we lost a few players the team went to ****....why because the skill of the players got us there not the coaching. the coaching held us back from going further.

Hes brought in countless FA and skilled defenders, drafted a teams worth more and none have ever panned out. The only defensive player good during this regime was the one that was good here before smitty came. JA

We drafted jerry early, jamal anderson, ray ray, dunta, osi we have brought in folks that can play they just dont have the guidance and semblance necessary from the staff.

Even Solia is struggling a bit on this junk squad. The guy has to and will go, he just cant make it happen.

Sorry

All hes accomplished in my eyes is **** up and improbably superbowl team two years ago and beat up some regular season losers outside of that spare me

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We obviously lack talent, but Nolan's bone-headed scheme has Jonathan Babineaux lining up at Defensive End. Definsive End!!! Kroy B. has racked up 16.5 sacks... in his 6 year career, and he's the guy that gets the most snaps rushing the passer!! Why does Atlanta focus on vets rushing the passer instead of developing young guys. Why draft Hageman, Maponga, and Massoquoi. In fact, Massoquoi should start. The staff has him dropping in coverage more than rushing the passer. He amassed 4 sacks in starting 3 games and 48 tackles. He should start instead of Babineaux of the nickel formation. In 3-4 it should be... OLB Massoquoi, OLB Osi, DE Babineaux, DE Hageman, DT Soliai in pressure situations.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I get the blame wanting to be placed on TD, but I put more on Smitty and now Nolan. Yes, TD didn't draft a pass rusher after all of these years. But why hasn't Smitty been banging the table for one? Isn't he a defensive minded coach? Is he letting his GM run over him? I doubt that. I just think Smitty can't see talent.

Also, it's not TD's call to play a 300 pound DT are RE, a washed up 250 pound LB at LE, have one of your more promising DEs dropping into coverage more than any other DL and only rushing the passer 10 times in 2 games.

I'm not saying Mass is a world beater. But he's better than Kroy and only has averaged 5 pass rushing attempts per game. TD can't be blamed for misuse of talent. That's Smitty and Nolan.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I get the blame wanting to be placed on TD, but I put more on Smitty and now Nolan. Yes, TD didn't draft a pass rusher after all of these years. But why hasn't Smitty been banging the table for one? Isn't he a defensive minded coach? Is he letting his GM run over him? I doubt that. I just think Smitty can't see talent.

Also, it's not TD's call to play a 300 pound DT are RE, a washed up 250 pound LB at LE, have one of your more promising DEs dropping into coverage more than any other DL and only rushing the passer 10 times in 2 games.

I'm not saying Mass is a world beater. But he's better than Kroy and only has averaged 5 pass rushing attempts per game. TD can't be blamed for misuse of talent. That's Smitty and Nolan.

I agree 100%

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Falcons are paying a heavy price for their failure to bring in someone who can provide consistent pressure off the edge, whether through the draft or in free agency. They haven't ranked in the top half of the league in sacks since 2008 -Mike Smith's first season as coach - and there's no sign of anything changing this year.

I've been saying this since when? 2011?

Even with TD fired we will not have an intimidating defense unless we bring in a Head Coach who believes in sacks. Dominating D ends make everyone look better, even terrible CBS and LBS. I bet if we sack Mccown, Smittiot will yell at his player for hitting him too hard.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've been saying this since when? 2011?

Even with TD fired we will not have an intimidating defense unless we bring in a Head Coach who believes in sacks. Dominating D ends make everyone look better, even terrible CBS and LBS. I bet if we sack Mccown, Smittiot will yell at his player for hitting him too hard.

My thing with Smitty is he reminds me of Schottenheimer ..great at rebuilding, great initially with young team...but he's not that risk-taking, agressive coach that takes a team to the SB. The play alling is way too conservative, and you get the feeling he manages his vet club like he did the 08 club with a buncha rookies....I fear the players and coaches are constrained under him...I'd bring in a josh McDaniels--young guy who failed...but also did some good things....but he's aggressive, been burnt and awesome offensively

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2010 lost to packers. in playoffs; Experts say Falcons need to get pass rush, draft Julio Jones

2011 lose to Giants in playoffs; Experts say FALCONS NEED TO GET PASS RUSH, no 1st round but draft center in 2nd round

2012 Lose to 49ers in playoffs after up 17-0; EXPERTS SAY FALCONS NEED TO GET PASS RUSH, Draft 2 corners back -to back 1st and 2nd

2013 Horrible year, Experts say FALCONS NEED PASS RUSH and protect the qb, Draft oline.

2014: 2 games in 0 sacks, 1 qb hit EXPERTS SAY FALCONS NEED TO GET PASS RUSH

THIS!!! No more needs to be said

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...