If you even know a lick about the Atlanta Falcons then you know that they have not been known for their elite pass rush in a long, long time. It has been the definition of a chronic issue.
Every year has been the same thing, they try to bring in new faces and none of them are able to consistently be a force off the edge. Grady Jarrett has been their best pass rusher over the past decade and he is an interior defensive lineman, and unless you are Aaron Donald, that is not good.
CBS Sports stat shows just how bad the Falcons’ pass rush has been
If you are a Falcons fan, then you constantly have the thought of “how do these teams find pass rushers so easily” when you watch other teams around the league. I cannot tell you how many times I have said that to myself when watching other teams.
And you don’t have to look far to figure out why that thought pops up. Just check this stat out from CBS:
It is so bad that they had to put an asterisk next to it just to say “YIKES.”
I know you can read but the Falcons have the least number of sacks over the past two years, and it isn’t even close. They are 13 shy of the Las Vegas Raiders and Detroit Lions.
You can try to justify a stat as long as there are other teams that have similar numbers, but when you have ~20% less than the 31st team in the league, then you just have to laugh. It’s like when you are watching a game and the refs screw up so much that you go from yelling at the TV to just laughing.
Hopefully, this is just a holdover from Thomas Dimitroff and Terry Fontenot is a year or two from figuring it all out, but you are probably pessimistic and you have good reason to be.