Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News has an interesting piece on the seven NFL teams that may have solved their weaknesses to become championship contenders. As he says it, “These seven teams did well to recognize their weaknesses, and it’s a matter of their changes taking effect this season.”
Hit the jump to see which teams made the cut.
1. Atlanta Falcons: Pass rush. After racking up 16 1/2 sacks in ’08, defensive end John Abraham drew much more attention last year. And with no consistent force opposite him, his total dropped to 5 1/2 in ’09. Considering ’07 first-round pick Jamaal Anderson has only 2 1/2 sacks in 44 career starts, the Falcons must find another young pass rusher. Two intriguing candidates to watch in camp are Kroy Biermann and Lawrence Sidbury Jr.
I was worried when the front office didn’t draft a big-time pass rusher in April but as time has passed, I believe the pass rush issue could solve itself.
Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith have confidence in the guys they have and the secondary improvements should help the front four turn those pressures into sacks.
If defensive end was a critical issue I believe the Falcons management would have made a move to address it. The fact that they stayed put tells me Biermann and Sidbury (as I’ve noted here) could be the answer all along.
You can read the rest of the list here.