Defensive end Lawrence Sidbury is making progress

091227 Atlanta - DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWN - Atlanta Falcons defenders begin to celebrate as defensive end # 90 Lawrence Sidbury hoists the football in the endzone as he takes it away from the Bills and returns it for a touchdown and a 24-0 lead during 2nd half action while Bills rookie quarterback # 4 Brian Brohm  looks on at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009.   Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

091227 Atlanta - DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWN - Atlanta Falcons defenders begin to celebrate as defensive end # 90 Lawrence Sidbury hoists the football in the endzone as he takes it away from the Bills and returns it for a touchdown and a 24-0 lead during 2nd half action while Bills rookie quarterback # 4 Brian Brohm looks on at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Defensive end Lawrence Sidbury turned in a strong performance against New England and may be ready to see more action against first and second string players.

He finished with four tackles and one sack.

“I can explain it in one word, progress,” Sidbury said. “In this camp I feel myself getting better. I feel my teammates around me getting better as a unit.”

Sidbury, a fourth round pick in 2009, played sparingly as a rookie, but showed flashes of the destructive and explosive player he was at Richmond. While he dominated for the Spiders, he’s had to work on his techniques and skills to get past NFL linemen.

The sack was particularly gratifying for Sidbury.

“That is one of the things the coach (Ray) Hamilton harps on, improving our pass rush from last year,” Sidbury said. “I was just doing the things that we’ve been working on in practice, trying some new stuff.”

If the Falcons can’t get the sack, they at least want to make the quarterback move and get out of his comfort zone.

If Sidbury keeps showing that he can get to the quarterback, he knows there is playing time to be earned in the defensive line rotation approach the Falcons use.

“The coaches try to keep us fresh,” Sidbury said. “He will have us on the field at any given time.”

Defensive John Abraham invited Sidbury to workout with him at Bommarito Performance Systems in south Florida this summer.

“He’s been doing this for a long time,” Sidbury said. “You’ve heard stories about things (not) working out. . . so I respect him for reaching out to me to help me out. That says a lot about him.”

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PMC

August 25th, 2010
10:18 am

It does say a lot about Abe and how much he cares about this team that he would reach out to Sid and want to help him out. It also says a lot about Lawerence that he’s willing to go work on technique all summer. That’s going to pay off. Maybe that’s why TD has so much faith in him and Biermann.

O G Falcon Fan

August 25th, 2010
10:19 am

OMG! 1st!!!!

Stirg d'Nahsif

August 25th, 2010
10:19 am

Is it possible that he will upstage Ms. Abraham? I certainly hope so. Stay tuned…

waynester

August 25th, 2010
10:24 am

With this being nearly the end of John Abe’s contract and Biermann’s deal also coming up for renewal, we desperately need Sidbury to come into his own and be ready to take over on the right side. Looks like that’s been TD’s plan all along–now we need to see it come to fruition. We’ve got a bunch of guys up for new contracts within the next couple of years and the youngsters we’ve been grooming are going to have to be ready to step up into starting roles. We’re beginning to see how a TD/MS built team will look going forward–lots of youth with a sprinkling of vets at key positions…..

SimpleDawg

August 25th, 2010
10:25 am

Sidbury needs to make enough progress to be an every-down player. Abe is a situational player at best. Kroy can be the other end. With Jerry, Peters and Anderson rotating at DT, we should have a good front 4.

The guys closest to the ball need to be solid if a defense is ever going to be dominant. A dominant defensive line makes the linebackers better, as well as the secondary.

It’s pretty simple, really.

Dreski

August 25th, 2010
10:33 am

HaHa! I love how stupid people feel when they say “first”! and they don’t get it. while other teams’ fans are talking football, were worrying about who post a comment first. That is pretty sad…… Anyways, Go Falcons!!!!!!!

blord

August 25th, 2010
10:43 am

Sid looks stronger this year. I am excited to see him get better over time. This kid has potential!!!! I hope father Abraham has a big year as well.

james

August 25th, 2010
11:00 am

We arguably already have one of the top 5 Offensive Lines in the League. Before too long with the likes of the Beer Man, Abraham, Trey Lewis, Babineaux and Sidbury, not to mention a healthy Jerry, I think our D-Line will quietly become a force to be reckoned with. Having said that, control of both lines of scrimmage is probably 80% of a playoff caliber team. Everything else should naturally fall into place….BARRING INJURY.

Mike Jay

August 25th, 2010
11:00 am

Abe is a situational player at best??? You must have him confused with Bierman. Abe is 4 down defensive End and has been since he came into the league. 386 tackles, 89.5 sacks, 30 forced fumbles does not = a situational player.

lanier

August 25th, 2010
11:37 am

this is proof of good coaching

oranjucejonz

August 25th, 2010
11:47 am

You can never have enough young talent.Gives you hope for the future….Ready for the game on friday to see how we look with the starters playing most of the minutes

oranjucejonz

August 25th, 2010
11:49 am

@@@James. We MAY have a top 5 run blocking offensive line but pass protection is suspect

yo mama

August 25th, 2010
11:53 am

I am more worried about our placekicker. As much as we were deficient in that area, i felt our front office would have brought in better talent to challenge for the job. well, after two preseason games at home in a dome, no one looked good. folks we are in trouble if the guy cant make the field goals and put points on the board. Bryants accuracy is bothering me right now.

PMC

August 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

Ha, people doubt Abe. I wonder if Jake Long with have a hard time remembering 55 on Friday… I’m sure he caught the number of that truck as he was staring up at it.

Stretch

August 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

Abe should be lauded for taking Sidbury under his wings helping him to improve, with the knowledge that Sidbury will likely be taking away his job pretty soon, if he shows he can do it.

drew

August 25th, 2010
12:31 pm

yeah are pass protection is mediocre at best. ryan cant drop back without being chased out of the pocket. i also think ryan could step up in the pocket rather than flee from it and throw the ball away. but sid is the man i hope he continues to get better a wreak havoc on other teams offense.

Stretch

August 25th, 2010
12:32 pm

I am concerned about the Falcons receiving Corp and would like to see Thomas try and address it if possible before the season starts for good.
I still do not see Roddy as a true #1 and will not recognize him as such until he shows he can get separation from DB’s. I guarantee that the majority of picks that Ryan throws this year will be balls intended for Roddy.

Delbert D.

August 25th, 2010
12:39 pm

I don’t doubt Abraham’s ability one bit, but he was not a 4-down player the past 2 years. They had to preserve him against injury, the bad shoulder as I recall. Great to see that Sidbury is coming along.

rekingball

August 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

Look out NFL.

Birdword

August 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

Stretch-agree, the our WRs need to improvise and come back to the ball more when Ryan is pressured. I was kinda hoping that, Meier, having a qb mentality, would be the guy to create some seperation.

Section 108

August 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

I hope Sidbury can give some good pass coverage, cuz with BVG calling the defense he is going to be doing a lot of it

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

Great to hear that some of the younger players are starting to come on strong. I just hope that whoever is on the field at the DE position this year gets a better push at getting to the QB than they did last year. I’m also hoping that BVG can scrap having the DEs dropping back in pass coverage (it won’t work) as oppose to keeping the pressure on the QB with a strong pass rush.

If the defense doesn’t improve this year, maybe a change(s) needs to be considered for the defensive coach(s). They got rid of the DB coach Emmitt Thomas (which was the correct move after last year’s DB’s performance) and they might want to continue cleaning house if the D fails this year. I am hoping that when all the injured players return, we’ll see a strong D this year.

We, diehard Falcons fans, are expecting great things from the Falcons this year!!!!!!

naganole

August 25th, 2010
1:16 pm

23rd!! I’m so awesome…

db

August 25th, 2010
1:37 pm

Sidbury vs Biermann… Good problem to have. Watch out J. Anderson, they’re coming.

PlanB

August 25th, 2010
2:05 pm

Good to hear that Sid is doing good. Biermann looks good too. D line will be better this year. Hopefully all our defense will be better.

TrueFalcon

August 25th, 2010
2:07 pm

Firing Emmitt Smith was not a good idea because as he stated DBs are only as good as your pass rush and our pass rush has been sporadic at best and missing at worst. I don’t care if you hire the best DB coach out there. Without the pass rush they will have the same results in the secondary. Emmitt was the sacrificial lamb.

ProfJables

August 25th, 2010
3:03 pm

Where’s the AJC’s love for Biermann? That guy has a motor like old 97 (granted he’s not there in terms of skill just yet, but he will be!). I think Sidbury’s promising, but let’s share the love, AJC.
You my boy, Kroy!

real falcon fan

August 25th, 2010
5:20 pm

CAN’T HAVE ENOUGH PASS RUSHERS. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS DEFENSE TO KICK.A__.TAKE .NAMES! THIS DEFENSE WILL BE SPECIAL, GO FALCONS.

MyView

August 25th, 2010
7:26 pm

I hope the defensive unit improves from last season, but the Pats game was not encouraging. I thought our D got dominated. Im really impressed with Bierman though. I can easily see him with 8+ sacks this season.

thunderbull56

August 25th, 2010
7:59 pm

Your photo shows a Buffalo Bills player. I’d swap three consecutive Super Bowls with them any day.No one,not no one,expected NO,to win a SB.But they did and did by being daring when it counted.As a long and suffering Falcon fan as I have been, I admit, I thought NO,pulled a rabbit out of it’s hat, and yes, I got a ‘elluva kick out of it.Kudos to them.Yeah,Falcons,Dawgs,Jackets,but if it’s not them,I’m rooting for my southern boys, and I ain’t ashamed to admit it. Point is, it’s time for our Falcons to quit being so shall I say Vanilla.I much rather them be Da#med for trying than Da#med for not.

Forest Grump

August 25th, 2010
8:09 pm

what is da#med ?

Forest Grump

August 25th, 2010
8:11 pm

and do we really want the falcons to be this? Im just sayin.

JD

August 25th, 2010
8:15 pm

Win the first 2, then come see me. I don’t believe the D can start to gel until about the 3rd game, that means Ryan is going to have to come out hot….I’m just sayin’, even w/out the QB Pitt is a tough road game to open with there and then we come back here to open against AZ? I realize they don’t have Bolden or their QB anymore but the real test will still be shutting down Fitzgerald.

Like I said,win the first 2 and we can talk.

birddawg24

August 25th, 2010
8:16 pm

thunder is just sayin the falcons arent exciting.he gets bored easy

Forest Grump

August 25th, 2010
8:18 pm

the cleveland browns are exciting

BirdDawg24

August 25th, 2010
8:21 pm

emmitt smith was with the falcons?

An Adult

August 26th, 2010
9:05 am

All you ‘first’ people… grow up and try to really accomplish something other than jock sniffing the sports blog writers on this site. Get a life. Sitting around waiting to be first is pretty sad, but I guess if you are in middle school it might be something to brag about during milk break

Chucktown38

August 26th, 2010
11:39 am

Where do you people come from. Abe isn’t a 4 down DE?? Are you kidding me!! Sure he has battled injury, and the coaching staff doesn’t play him every down of every game in order to keep him fresh, AS THEY WOULD WITH ANY PLAYER!!! You people definitely don’t have FI (football intelligence) not to mention any intelligence.God help this team with fans like you!!!!

Saints LSU

August 26th, 2010
1:31 pm

@ james if the Falcons O-Line is top 5 that means the Saints O-Line is number 1

Mike

August 26th, 2010
1:41 pm

Hahaha.. Total fail by OG Falcon.

Anyways, the DBs have said good things about the new secondary coach. Lets see what our 2 starting corners can do in a regular season game before we all start to panic.
I’m also looking forward to seeing JA98 (cant believe im saying this) and PJ. We need someone to stop the run.

rekingball

August 26th, 2010
2:34 pm

OK SaintLSU ya’ll can be #1 OLine, if it make you happy,

Grant

August 26th, 2010
3:51 pm

I wouldn’t say we are a top 5 o-line. We just don’t give up many sacks bc Ryan won’t stop throwing the ball out of bounds.

Grant

August 26th, 2010
3:51 pm

I wouldn’t say we are a top 5 o-line. We just don’t give up many sacks bc Ryan won’t stop throwing the ball out of bounds.

hiramsaint

August 26th, 2010
4:48 pm

Enter your comments here

hiramsaint

August 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

is your starting O gonna find the endzone this week??????????

mo

August 26th, 2010
5:01 pm

last game we neeed ja98 bad i will be the 1st to make that statement they ran up and down the back side alll game. JA98 the run stoper . the busstop…………

mo

August 26th, 2010
5:09 pm

all i have to say is 4 week 2 days.

hiramsaint

August 26th, 2010
6:55 pm

i guess not!!!!!!!!!!!

GHunt

August 26th, 2010
6:55 pm

We do not have a top 5 offensive line because we are less than proficient at pass blocking. I still do not know if MR2 can throw the deep ball because the line blocking has not held up long enough for him to do so. 5 and 7 step drop back throws are not a part of the playbook which I believe are a result of insufficient protection for MR2.
Run blocking is better than average, but this aspect is only top 10 at best. We are capable of being top 5 but we have not earned that designation yet.