1. The Atlanta Falcons must find pass rushers
It seems this is the theme of every Atlanta Falcons off-season and a problem they are never able to solve outside of the outlier year Atlanta made the Super Bowl. Finding pass rushers has eluded Atlanta each off-season as the pass rush finds ways to get worse each season. The Atlanta defense isn’t as bad as many think with solid pieces in the secondary and a building block in Grady Jarrett anchoring the defensive line.
The problem for the Falcons over much of the last five years has been their inability to rush the passer leaving the secondary to cover for an unrealistic amount of time. Whether it is a big trade, a first-round pick, or a myriad of moves in free agency the Falcons must find a way to improve.
Atlanta’s pass rush over the last two years has been the worst in the league and it is far from close to a team that cannot rush the passer. Rookie Arnold Ebiketie showed flashes but no one on Atlanta’s roster outside of Jarrett showed the ability to consistently demand attention and impact the play along the defensive line.