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Grantland: Expect A Defensive Turn Around This Season


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Grantland did a write up on six things to watch out for this season and they had a positive outlook about our defense. There is nothing new in the article, but I thought it's nice to hear something positive from the internet nerds.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2015-nfl-preview-training-camp-questions-bills-49ers-bears-falcons-cowboys-texans/

How Will Atlantas Defensive Personnel Shake Out?

The Falcons are making their own scheme shift under new head coach Dan Quinn, but they seem better suited to make it work quickly. Theres a chance that Brooks Reed, Vic Beasley, Adrian Clayborn, Charles Godfrey, and Jalen Collins all brought in this offseason will play significant snaps in Week 1.

More specifically, figuring out the front-seven rotation is easily the biggest challenge facing Atlanta in the postMike Smith era. At 280 pounds, Clayborn could play a similar role to the one his former teammate Michael Bennett took on for Quinn in Seattle, which would include more snaps on the interior than Clayborn got in Tampa Bay. After spending a lot of his time in Houston as an edge rusher, Reed could be slated for more of a coverage role with the Falcons. The 318-pound RaShede Hageman could destroy the planet in his second season. And I havent even brought up the eighth overall pick, Vic Beasley, whos a great fit for the Leo linebacker role in Quinns scheme.

Atlanta finished dead last in defensive DVOA a year ago, but with Quinn in charge and with all the moves the Falcons have made in the past five months its not that hard to see them turning it around in 2015.

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When we signed Reed I thought Quinn said he wasnt given many opportunities to rush the passer, due to having to fill in for Cushing, but now that he is here, he will get more chances and he is a very capable pass rusher? Basically the exact opposite of what Grantland said. Am I worng here?

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When we signed Reed I thought Quinn said he wasnt given many opportunities to rush the passer, due to having to fill in for Cushing, but now that he is here, he will get more chances and he is a very capable pass rusher? Basically the exact opposite of what Grantland said. Am I worng here?

Reed can dp whatever he wants... hes that beast, but seriously Reed will rush the passer sparingly.
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Reed can dp whatever he wants... hes that beast, but seriously Reed will rush the passer sparingly.

That's my understanding as well. He's better in coverage than rushing the passer. He'll probably rush in certain situations, but will be asked to contain and cover more often.

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Godfrey's kind of fallen to the way-side around here, it seems. Nobody's even said his name since minicamp when everyone was saying how he was going to lose his job to Allen. It'll be interesting to see him back at his natural position though.

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When we signed Reed I thought Quinn said he wasnt given many opportunities to rush the passer, due to having to fill in for Cushing, but now that he is here, he will get more chances and he is a very capable pass rusher? Basically the exact opposite of what Grantland said. Am I worng here?

You're both right.

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I haven't heard Konz' name mentioned at all, anywhere. Anyone have any idea how Konz is doing in this ZBS that is supposedly perfect for him, having played it in college?

He's still on the sideline. However, he's not as confused as when he was watching the old scheme from the bench.

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He's still on the sideline. However, he's not as confused as when he was watching the old scheme from the bench.

LoL... that was good.

...but I am hoping that he finds his way with new coaching. It would be great to pull that bust from the ashes to be a servicable lineman.

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That's my understanding as well. He's better in coverage than rushing the passer. He'll probably rush in certain situations, but will be asked to contain and cover more often.

he was a 34 OLB in houston then like someone said moved to fill cushing spot..

He is playing in a 43 no, and his position is at strong side LB..

He wnt be rushing the passer as much unless in he is blitzing. Saying that, when he does blitz he will have some pass rush moves unlike mosy strong side LBs given his background

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