Kroy Biermann lead the team with most 3rd down run stops. Photo credit: Football Schedule / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA
Despite ranking in the bottom half of the overall defense in NFL last year, the Falcons were slightly better on third downs and disruption percentage (Tackles for loss or No gain /Tackles) compared to 2011. The Falcons defense overall ranking suffered because of poor tackling, as discussed in the earlier post: Fixing the Falcons defense. In this article, lets look at the most disruptive defenders and the third down run stoppers. Both solo tackles and combined tackles are taken into consideration, as the player had a part in the stop.
Disruptive Run Defenders:
A disruptive run play is a tackle for loss or no gain for the offense. The Defensive line has the best chance of disrupting a play in the back field or at the line of scrimmage, followed by Line backers. The Defensive backs, usually strong Safeties and CB also chip in with disruptive plays on run blitzes or obvious run plays. Jonathan Babineuax, Stephen Nicholas, Akeem Dent and Peria Jerry excelled in disrupting the run game at their positions. Continue reading →
Roddy White and Larry Fitzgerald, Photo credit: Football Schedule / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA
Roddy White has been the number one wide receiver in Atlanta for past six years, playing at a very high level since 2007. The focus of this article is on the production of Roddy White, compared to other WR’s in various key categories in last three years (2010-2012).
Scoring (Number of TD – 2010-2012):
Roddy White is tied at fourth in number of Touchdowns scored in last three years. Only Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant and Mike Wallace had more TD than Roddy White.
Vernon Davis Against the Falcons in NFCG. Photo credit: Football Schedule / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA
The Falcons defense had major trouble containing Tight Ends in the playoffs and against New Orleans Saints in week 10. Zach Miller, Vernon Davis and Jimmy Graham all had a 100 yard games and scored touchdowns against the Falcons. There were six common recurring themes in the Falcons inability to contain the tight ends. In this post lets look at the first three of those problems.
The Atlanta Falcons today waived un-drafted rookie Free agents, kicker Casey Barth and Corner back Momo Thomas according to the official Falcons site. This move could mean, signing of couple of try outs from the rookie mini camp.
The Falcons signed Steven Jackson in this year’s free agency to replace the aging Michael Turner, who seemed to have lost the initial burst last season. However Steven Jackson had scored just nine rushing touchdowns in last two years, compared to Michael Turner’s 21 rushing touchdowns in the same period. Michael Turner in the last four seasons has scored more touchdowns than any other Falcons player except the QB. Is this lack of touchdown production by Steven Jackson a concern for Falcons? Lets take a deeper look at the previous Falcons rushing touch downs to project the TD numbers for Steven Jackson.
This is the first part of the series to identify the problems in the Falcons run defense in 2012 and possible fixes to the problems. The Falcons run defense was ranked 21st in 2012 compared to 6th in 2011. Lets break it down further on the difference in the overall run defense between 2012 and 2011.
Here is the list of the Rookie mini-camp try outs with links to the scouting reports and highlights. These try outs will participate in the rookie mini-camp in addition to the 8 draft picks and 24 UDFA. Continue reading →