Atlanta Falcons: Defensive Preview – Some pass rush help coming
With a defense that ranked in the high 20s when it came to total defense, the Atlanta Falcons addressed areas on the team, which necessarily did not improve the areas that were hurting. The Atlanta Falcons added Dontari Poe, who is going to be able to help stuff the run and wreak havoc on the opposing offensive line, but with this addition along with their draft picks, it just is not enough to launch their defense from being in the high defensive rankings.
The addition of Poe is going to help the rushing defense which was ranked 17th last year, and could easily improve this run defense into a Top 10 ranking, which will be able to help this defense a lot. Yet the Falcons did not address the major issue on this defense, which was the passing attack, ranking almost last against opposing offenses. The Falcons added Poe, along with drafting another defensive end, not addressing their secondary at all. Poe and the defensive line along with the core of their defense(linebackers) being able to hold down the fort and disrupt the pass some if the quarterback has enough time they will be able to make a play to a potentially wide open receiver. Along with Jalen Collins, being suspended for 10 games is not helping their secondary either. With the recent transactions and losses of their team members, they may not be able to improve their last year rankings.
Nevertheless, the defense has made some improvements on major parts of the team, yet have not done enough to reach them from their high 20s ranking from last year. The defensive line has improved a lot, which will be able to help the secondary a lot, yet without improving the secondary in the least bit, the secondary will get torn apart by a quarterback who has patience against their defense. Furthermore, this defense will stay within the same area of rankings from last year, mainly because they did not improve their secondary, which will cause them to lose more games than they did last year.