FLOWERY BRANCH – We checked defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and secondary coach Tim Lewis for a Sunday story on the improved play of the defense.
The unit is leading the league in interceptions with 10, by nine different players. They have 11 sacks by six different players.
“I think it’s a product of playing fast,” VanGorder said. ”Again, for some of our younger players the game is slowing down for them. They are seeing things better. But mainly it comes from a group playing hard and playing faster.”
The Falcons have faced starting quarterback Dennis Dixon, Derek Anderson, Drew Brees, Alex Smith and Seneca Wallace. They are getting ready to face Kevin Kolb on Sunday.
It’s unclear if the unit will be able to sustain its high-level of play when they face top-shelf quarterbacks.
“Guys have to come in every week and continue to approach everything from