Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones and the Falcons defense impressing


Sep 14, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) carries the ball between Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) and Mychal Kendricks (95) in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

So far, so good for the Dan Quinn era. The Atlanta Falcons have started out 2-0 and in the eyes of some, it is surprising. For most of the Falcons fan base, the 2-0 start is justifiable based on the talent the team has. After two weeks into the season, I have composed a number of observations in regards to the team and their success up to this point.

– The team as a whole looks different. It looks confident and focused. The hiring of Dan Quinn was underrated based on Quinn being a very knowledgeable teacher. Game by game, the Falcons seem to gain more and more confidence in their ability.

– The Falcons fan base already knew how lethal Julio Jones is. Just in case, Julio decided to remind everyone how talented he really is. Two weeks into the season and he already has 22 catches for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Cornerback Byron Maxwell can agree that Julio is a different breed of receiver.

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– The sack numbers may not pop off the page but the defensive line has been consistent with constant pressure. Sam Bradford and Eli Manning have had numerous occasions where a Falcon was in their face instantly.

Causing pressure was a problem last season and it seems that with Vic Beasley, Adrian Clayborn, O’Brien Schofield, and others, the defensive line will be causing havoc.

– Linebacker Justin Durant is leading the team in tackles but he has been an underrated asset for the defense. Durant is constantly flying around the field and seems to have his nose in pretty much every play.

– Tevin Coleman has impressed for the most part with his play. The stat sheet may say he only has 110 yards on the season, but watching film on Coleman, you can see he is capable of banging shoulder with defenders if he has to. It’s only a matter of time until he adds a dimension to the offense that takes them to a higher level, once he’s back from injury.

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