What Can Atlanta Learn From Seattle?

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Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) returns a kick for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

5.  Speed Kills

Seattle’s defense, and the rest of the team for that matter, were dominant for many reasons. But, one of the primary ones was their overall team speed. It seems like they have more than eleven guys on defense because they fly around the field so much making plays.

It’s not just the defensive backs who are super fast, it’s the linebackers and the defensive line too. The entire defense is built on speed and guys who can make plays in space. They tackled well and flew to the ball.

The Falcons could take a page from them this offseason when they look at defensive lineman to draft. They don’t need lumbering, hulking run stoppers like they did in the past.What they need are athletic, fast pass rushers who can make plays. Guys like Jadeveon Clowney.