Atlanta Falcons Breakdown Day 2: Defensive Front Seven

-Matt Magill

1.31.17

Scheme: 4-3

Personnel: (2016 Stats)

Starters –

Pos. Name Tackles Sacks PDef Interceptions FF FR
DE Brooks Reed 25 2 1 0 1 0
DT Jonathan Babineaux 22 0 1 0 0 0
DT Grady Jarrett 48 3 0 0 0 1
DE Tyson Jackson 13 0 1 0 0 0
LB Vic Beasley 39 15.5 2 0 6 1
LB Deion Jones (R) 108 0 11 3 – 2 TD 1 0
LB De’Vondre Campbell (R) 48 0 7 1 1 0

Reserves –

Pos. Name Tackles Sacks PDef Interceptions FF FR
DE Adrian Clayborn 22 4.5 0 0 0 1
DT Courtney Upshaw 15 1 1 0 1 1
DE Dwight Freeney 10 3 0 0 0 0
DE Ra’Shede Hageman 18 2 0 0 0 0
LB Philip Wheeler 28 0 0 0 0 0
LB Paul Worrilow 21 0 2 0 0 2
LB Josh Keyes 0 0 0 0 0 0
LB LaRoy Reynolds 30 0 0 0 0 1

Analysis:

At first glance.  The defensive front seven is not much to behold.  They don’t look to be too exceptional, especially on the defensive line.  But if you look into the numbers, you see a lot of hustle plays, a lot of getting after guys, and getting after the football.  The front seven has seven fumble recoveries among them to go along with 31 sacks.  That’s pretty impressive.  Not to mention the fact that the Falcons may have two of the best linebackers in the Super Bowl in Vic Beasley and Deion Jones.  These two will spearhead a defense that is sure to terrorize Tom Brady and take away his passing lanes all night long.  We all saw how rattled Brady was against the constant pressure of the Houston Texans.  If you don’t think Dan Quinn is going to set Beasley, Clayborn, Freeney and the newly energized Brooks Reed (who had a great divisional matchup against the Seahawks) loose, you’re crazy.  The defense is not the best in the business, but they will be good enough to get the job done, because one three and out could mean a fourteen point swing for the Atlanta offense.

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