Throughout the rest of the month of June, Blogging Dirty will discuss each position group as it relates to the Atlanta Falcons. Up first, defensive tackle.
First, lets start out by stating the obvious, we all know the offensive side of the Atlanta Falcons does not have nearly the changes that the defensive side has had, so we will tackle the defensive side over the next couple of weeks, first. (No pun intended)
We will discuss by position specific position groups:
- Defensive tackle
- Defensive end
- Free safety
- Strong safety
As we have discussed many times throughout the last couple of months, this off-season was a very important one for the Atlanta Falcons. Lots of depth was added via free agency and the draft. On the offensive side, key spots like guard and offensive tackle seemed to have been addressed in a very thorough manner.
Defensively, Thomas Dimitroff added a lot of depth to defensive tackle and to the corner back spots. While there are clear starters at most spots heading into training camp, others may be up for grabs even if they do not appear to be initially.
While outsiders disagree, we can all agree that if this defense can stay healthy this year, that they will be a top 10 defense, if not the top 5. Even with a few injuries, which should be expected, going through what this team did in 2018, should help them prepare for losses of guys at certain spots.
As Dan Quinn said during OTA’s, the scheme was a problem last year on top of the injuries. Revamping this defense, has Quinn’s job on the line, so this is personal to him as well.