Three forgotten Atlanta Falcons from the past decade
Jonathan Babineaux – DT – 2005 to 2016
Jonathan Babineaux was a staple for the Atlanta Falcons defense for over a decade and his contributions extend far beyond his stats.
Every team in the league has that one defensive tackle who can just eat up blocks which opens up gaps for the linebackers, Babs was exactly that player for the Falcons’ defense for a long time.
Over his 11 seasons in his career—all in Atlanta—he only missed seven games, that is the definition of a reliable player. In eight of those seasons, he played in all 16 games.
His stats might not look crazy, but that is usually the case for players that are asked to do what Babineaux was. He played in 185 games and totaled 27 sacks, 66 QB hits, 91 tackles for loss, 10 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles returned for touchdowns, 394 total tackles, and even 4 interceptions.
Not that this is saying much but he is top ten in career sacks in Falcons’ history, at least for now as Grady Jarrett is a sack away from passing him which would knock Babs out of the top ten.
Nevertheless, Jonathan Babineaux was a valuable piece of Atlanta’s defense for a long time and he should get more credit for how consistent he was during his 11-year career.