Grading Atlanta Falcons’ Through 4 Games

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Sep 7, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (95) during their game at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 37-34 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Pass Rush:

The Falcons struggled in 2013 to bring a consistent pass rush and push the pocket, which was addressed in the offseason by attempting to bulk up the interior of the defensive line. The addition of Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai, along with the drafting of Ra’Shede Hagemen, was meant to help the Falcons collapse the pocket and get to the quarterback. So far in 2014, the pass rush has been an unmitigated failure. Having recorded just 3 sacks, all against a depleted Tampa Bay offense, the Falcons have struggled to get any sort of pressure, which is costing the secondary majorly. Our younger defensive ends have shown some talent, but the snap distribution has been poor and one dimensional veterans are failing to get the job done. DT Corey Peters has looked the best player along the defensive line, having recorded a sack and collapsing the pocket on numerous occasions. However, if Peters isn’t getting it done then the Falcons haven’t got a lot to offer by way of a pass rush. Correcting the pass rush should be priority #1 for the coaching staff moving forward, as it has and will cost the Falcons wins going forward. Grade: F