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The Falcons Have A Shocking Problem To Fix This Season


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The Atlanta Falcons haven’t had much success since their stint in Super Bowl LI.

They did make the playoffs again the following year but lost in the Divisional Round to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Since then, their postseason drought has stretched for four seasons, and they haven’t had a winning record in each of those campaigns.

The worst came in 2020 when they won only four games.

 

The Falcons hope to compete this year and return to the playoffs.

But this troubling statistic makes it difficult to see that outcome happening.

NFL on CBS revealed that the Falcons generated only a league-worst 18 sacks last season.

That’s an average of just a little over one per regular season game.

It’s not even close because the Philadelphia Eagles are second-worst with 29 while the Detroit Lions had 30.

 

Without the pass rush, their opponents can easily find a way to defeat them.

Opposing quarterbacks will have enough time to execute plays, often leading to gains.

They are not even threatened that the heat is coming because there’s no need to fear at all.

Falcons Failed To Address This Concern

Dante Fowler Jr. led the team in sacks last year with 4.5.

That’s a low number for someone who leads a team in sacks.

Worst yet, Fowler is now with the Dallas Cowboys.

 

They could have answered the troubling trend through the 2022 NFL Draft, but their picks suggest otherwise.

Five of their eight picks were on offense, including wide receiver Drake London, quarterback Desmond Ridder, and running back Tyler Allgeier.

All of the defense players they drafted were linebackers: Troy Andersen, Arnold Ebiketie, and DeAngelo Malone.

Those players might not be enough to add more sacks to their total.

This article first appeared on The Cold Wire and was syndicated with permission.

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37 minutes ago, HASHBROWN3 said:
 

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t had much success since their stint in Super Bowl LI.

They did make the playoffs again the following year but lost in the Divisional Round to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Since then, their postseason drought has stretched for four seasons, and they haven’t had a winning record in each of those campaigns.

The worst came in 2020 when they won only four games.

 

The Falcons hope to compete this year and return to the playoffs.

But this troubling statistic makes it difficult to see that outcome happening.

NFL on CBS revealed that the Falcons generated only a league-worst 18 sacks last season.

That’s an average of just a little over one per regular season game.

It’s not even close because the Philadelphia Eagles are second-worst with 29 while the Detroit Lions had 30.

 

Without the pass rush, their opponents can easily find a way to defeat them.

Opposing quarterbacks will have enough time to execute plays, often leading to gains.

They are not even threatened that the heat is coming because there’s no need to fear at all.

Falcons Failed To Address This Concern

Dante Fowler Jr. led the team in sacks last year with 4.5.

That’s a low number for someone who leads a team in sacks.

Worst yet, Fowler is now with the Dallas Cowboys.

 

They could have answered the troubling trend through the 2022 NFL Draft, but their picks suggest otherwise.

Five of their eight picks were on offense, including wide receiver Drake London, quarterback Desmond Ridder, and running back Tyler Allgeier.

All of the defense players they drafted were linebackers: Troy Andersen, Arnold Ebiketie, and DeAngelo Malone.

Those players might not be enough to add more sacks to their total.

This article first appeared on The Cold Wire and was syndicated with permission.

Shocking???  Not really!  And this allows mediocre QBs to step back and sling the ball to an open man, at will --- extremely frustating to watch!!! 




 

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Oh geez. Let's play the games first. 

ESPN: Falcons worst roster in NFL

ESPN 2 weeks later: Falcons the best young core in the NFL.

I'm not saying anyone is right or wrong here but personnel aren't as important as scheme. This year the scheme will open up. We saw some of that in the preseason. Fowler had 4.5 sacks last year. He was signed after collecting 10 in LA. They ran a better scheme in LA than in ATL the last couple of years. Pees is supposed to open the toy box this year. Let's see what happens before declaring all is lost.

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46 minutes ago, tbhawksfan said:

We definately improved the 3/4 OLB, but the 3 DL was totally neglegted

Not true. Of the 3 IDL, we know Grady is a stud...We let one starter go...and we've added:

Tangelo

Horne

A. Anderson

...to the 3 who showed potential (Rush, Graham, Davidson). We also tried to sign a couple vet additions (Taylor and Goldman) that didn't work out...

 

Not a splashy kind of fix, but hardly a neglect...

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52 minutes ago, tbhawksfan said:

I really wanted a DLman in this draft. There was a lot of quality in the first 3 rounds; but I'm sure 2nd round pick Marlon is going to turn the corner any time now

And to this point, I'd have rathered we took Jordan Davis in the 1st and George Pickens in the 2nd, from the beginning. But we didn't, so I'm rooting for what we did do...

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Without dwelling on the position it is a true statement that Ebikitie, Malone, and Andersen won’t neccassarily all contribute to a drastically higher sack total.

 

but the author neglects to mention we also added Lorenzo carter and CB Heyward, and 2 upgrades at starting safety. All of which should help with pressuring the quarterback.

our defense is miles better in personnel than it was last year.

they definitely solved the dearth of playmakers issue with London, Edwards, and Allgeier. Marriotta/Ridder will bring the threat of quarterback yardage.

the only area we didn’t address to me was left guard.

our “team” is way better than it was last year.

 

 

 

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