This was an embarrassing game for the Atlanta Falcons, but it’s time to move on. Here is the game recap, but there was a main issue that was looming all day for the Falcons.
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The pass rush was being exposed play after play against the mediocre Andy Dalton. The Dirty Birds couldn’t even record one sack, and Dalton flew his way to 252 yards and 1 TD without an INT.
The Atlanta Falcons must improve their pass rush immediately. It is not a secret that their offense has the talent and ability to put up 35 points a game, but without a strong pass rush in a passing dominated league, there is just no hope.
How do they get to the quarterback?
Well. one option is for players like Jonathan Babineaux, Kroy Biermann, or Jonathan Massaquoi simply become a beast. Unlikely, so we look at some free agents that still may have some moves left in them.
Remaining Pass-Rushing Defensive Ends In Free Agency
- Jason Hunter: 14 Sacks last 5 seasons
- Israel Idonije: 6’6 11th year veteran. 21 sacks last 4 seasons.
- Andre Carter: 80.5 sacks in his 12 year career. Former New England Patriot
After doing a bundle of research on all the players that are still unemployed, three of them somewhat stood out the most.
Jason Hunter: This kid was a former captain of the Denver Broncos defense. He has showed signs of a prolific pass rush all throughout his career, but never actually lived up to his expectations. Hunter is quick off of the ball, and isn’t too old at age 31.
Israel Idonije: If you’ve been an NFL fan for a while, you have probably heard this name before. Idonije is a Nigerian-Canadian defensive end that used to be a hot-shot not just two years ago. Listen, this guy racked up 7.5 sacks just TWO YEARS AGO. Here is a table of his sacks the last four years. Enough said, sign the man.
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Andre Carter: I saved the best for last. Let me just say that it is a God-given miracle that Andre Carter is still available. He has four seasons where he went over 10 sacks in a season, that is saying something. Injuries last season held Carter back only playing nine games, but he still managed to run away with a pair of quarterback takedowns. In 2011, just three seasons ago he had 10 as a member of the New England Patriots. Out of all of these three, there is no doubt that Carter should be the one that the Atlanta Falcons should sign IMMEDIATELY.
Get it done,