Kroy Biermann dealing with love, lockout and fatherhood

Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann after working out on Monday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann after working out on Monday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

CUMMING – Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann is coming off his first season as a starter.

He’s participating in the Falcons’ ad-hoc offseason strength and conditioning program four times per week with Ignite Elite Athletic Training out of the High Intensity Training Center.

After Monday’s session, Biermann chatted with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the program, the draft and about being an expectant father with his celebrity girl friend Kim Zolciak.

Defensive Kroy Biermann has won the respect of Hines Ward.

Starting defensive end Kroy Biermann also played a key role on special teams last season.

Q: How has the offseason been going for you?

A: It’s been good. I started training in the first part of March and will be going through June. I’ve been coming in here four days a week. I’ve been staying focused.

Q: How did you review your season?

A: I felt good with it. I felt like I improved. I had a major role on special teams (added) halfway through the season. I felt like I improved on the line and I improved on the pass [rush]. The only problem there was just that last step in finishing (on sacks) and getting there before that ball was leaving his hands. It’s just always a work in progress. It will be until the day that I don’t have a job.

Q: Can you continue to improve?

A: Oh yeah. That’s my goal every year, to continue to improve and always better myself at something. My goal in practice every day is to better myself at one thing. You can’t fix 10 things. You have to work on one thing and try to fix 10 things over a period of time. I’m excited about it. I just want to get back out there and start playing.

Q: What was the biggest challenge in taking on both of the roles?

A: I noticed toward the end of the season that my body started to break down quite a bit just from the amount of

Kim Zolciak of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" attended a practice last season.  ELISSA EUBANKS/AJC)

Kim Zolciak of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" attended a practice last season. ELISSA EUBANKS/AJC)

playing time that I was getting on defense and then from running down on special teams. I’ve been focusing a little bit more on conditioning and getting my body more endurance-trained. I’m still training with the coach [Jim Launer of Ignite] for strength to make sure that I have a little more longevity as the season goes on.

Q: Before the draft, folks were saying the Falcons needed to take a defensive end. Did you take offense to that?

A: No. I think critics are always going to have an opinion. I trust this team. I trust the owners, the GM and my coaches. They know what’s best and what’s going to make this team win. Ultimately, that’s what I’m here for, to be apart of this team and win a championship. If they feel they need to do something to rotate us, get us more rest or do whatever they need to do I’m fine with it.

Q: How have you dealt with the Green Bay loss?

A: I got a bad taste in my mouth still. It was the wrong day to have a bad day as a team. The bottom line is they

Atlanta Falcons Kroy Bierman, top, and Brian Williams, middle, slam Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to the turf for a sack during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 24 , 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons Kroy Biermann, top, and Brian Williams, middle, slam Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to the turf for a sack during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 24 , 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

out-played us. We are going to get a chance this year and we’ll see what happens. Right now, it’s a pretty sour reminder of how our season ended.

Q: How have the workouts being going in the ad-hoc offseason program?

A: It’s been good. We are starting to get some more guys in. When we first started there were three or four guys here in one session. Now, we have two sessions and they are filled up. That’s important as a team to workout as a team to build that camaraderie and get ready for the season. I feel like there will be one. It’s just a matter of when it’s going to happen.

Q: When is the baby due?

A: In a few weeks. I have a trip that I have to take to Montana. I hope it doesn’t come during that time. But the baby is due in  a little more than a month.

Q: What’s it like being in the celebrity spotlight with your girl friend Kim Zolciak [of the Real Housewives of Atlanta show]?

A: She does her thing. It’s her job.  That’s just what she does. I support her with that and she supports me with my job. My job is just a little bit less public than her job. It’s fine. It’s good. She’s a very good person and has a lot of good things going for her.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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45 comments Add your comment

robert

May 10th, 2011
6:30 am

well kroy congrats/i’m sorry on the kid. all you parents know what i mean. and good luck.

The Real Falcon

May 10th, 2011
6:56 am

Larry

May 10th, 2011
6:58 am

Kroy,

Your “girl friend?” Have some honor and legitimize the child by marrying the child’s mother.

As for this response: “It’s just always a work in progress. It will be until the day that I don’t have a job.” The Falcons’ honeymoon is over…we needs results from the LDE to win a Super Bowl, and not a “work in progress.” Between you and J. Anderson, John Abraham will collect social security soon if your “progress” continues at its current pace!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2011
7:34 am

Hey, let’s try not to bash Kim today. “Love is blind.” Kroy was a good enough to give you all some insight to his offseason.

waynester

May 10th, 2011
7:50 am

DLed
Can you give us ANY idea of the actual player participation in these team-organized workouts? Dallas Morn. News says MOST of the Cowboys are showing up at their “undisclosed location”– what about our guys?

Old Flatulent Dawg

May 10th, 2011
7:56 am

DOL….“Love is blind.” Uh, is that the reason he can’t find the QB, he’s got eye sight issues?

Rod

May 10th, 2011
8:11 am

robert – you’re a jerk with your snide comment.

Larry – being married doesn’t “legitimize” a child. Being a loving mother and father does that. You don’t like his comment about “being a work in progress.” What – you do everything perfect and can’t ever improve? HARDLY!

BirdDog

May 10th, 2011
8:12 am

Mr. Blank, bring Charles Johnson to the Falcons and the pass rush issues will be solved. I like Biermann a lot but need more production opposite Abraham.

The Grinch

May 10th, 2011
8:16 am

What Kroy does or doesn’t do in regards to his girlfriend and child is none of your business, Larry.

Here’s hoping he and the Falcons have a good season, or one at all, for that matter.

Chief Wiggum

May 10th, 2011
8:35 am

Biting my tongue, will try hard not to say anything bad. But…I do think he’s made a less-than-great dating decision, I’ll just put it that way. They used to give the rookies a talk about watching out for groupies wanting to party on their money, right? Not quite the same thing, but close.

DOL, you may want to stifle the negativity about Kroy and his girlfriend, but the reality is, a lot of folks out there don’t feel so good about it…and it’s mostly because folks worry that he’s being taken advantage of.

MI falcon fan

May 10th, 2011
8:37 am

Larry is ignorant. Go jump off a bridge with your bible, I’m sure god will save you.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2011
8:37 am

waynester — I will be reporting from the workouts today. About 30 players have been working out at the strenght and conditioning sessions. I’ve seen most of the lineman and linebackers at the sessions I have been going to. I haven’t made the 8 a.m. sessions, so I haven’t been able to report who’s going to those. We’ll see who’s all at the 7 on 7 today. Word is that Julio Jones has already been working out with Matt Ryan and the WRs.

eplayerj

May 10th, 2011
8:56 am

Great Article D- Led. I like his dedication and hope he gains one of those goals this season. Glad he doesn’t mind doing extra for the team.

PPC

May 10th, 2011
9:40 am

Kim is a beast and should be playing alongside her boy toy on the DL. A bucket of wine and a carton of smokes on the sidelines would keep her functional through the game. NeNe can play on the OL, paving the way for Turner and Rodgers.

waynester

May 10th, 2011
10:01 am

DLed
I saw that tweet earlier–who posted it? Is it a legitimate source? Did they say where this was taking place?

SawThat1nce

May 10th, 2011
10:20 am

What ever happened to Sidbury?

SirReal

May 10th, 2011
10:21 am

I dont care what he does in his personal life. Thats his thing as far as that Kim lady. I just want to see more production on the field. I think he was stretched too far last season. I think this whole DE rotation is a joke. Someone needs to come in and lock it down as theirs…..D Led what do you think our chances of landing Ray Edwards are if they ever get back to football. ( SN: Hate to say I told you so but I did say there would be a lockout. lol)

Sid

May 10th, 2011
10:21 am

Lol, Darrell, I figured you probably didn’t get up that early…………just kidding. Kroy, you been playing some awesome football, we Falcon fans appreciate your intensity. Keep on keepin’ on!

joewhite

May 10th, 2011
10:29 am

Hire charles johnson and get rid of this clown he has not got better and did not help us in the passing or running game. he is too busy beind on house wifes of atlanta. Lets Go falcons plus sidbury is ready this year.

PMC

May 10th, 2011
10:33 am

Cool to hear from Kroy today. Thanks D.

I love having Kroy on the team, seems like a good guy all around. He obviously plays his tail off even on special teams.

I still feel like they need another pass rushing DE though unless they know something we don’t about Sidberry and even then, Abe is best when he’s fresh. I’d imagine the same is true with Kroy.

These guys need bigger sack numbers this year for the secondary to be effective. We can’t keep relying on a secondary blitzer to bring effective pressure.

PMC

May 10th, 2011
10:36 am

In this division, if we can’t get to the QB and force something bad to happen we’re in for a long year.

Mark

May 10th, 2011
10:37 am

The comments are uncalled for. I have personally worked with Kim for over aa year and she is absoluetly stunning and a great person just like Kroy said. I wish Kroy and Kim nothing but the best on their new move, their new son and all the great things going on in Kims career.

John Waynesworld

May 10th, 2011
11:12 am

Great job DOL, keep feeding us. Putting aside the teams’ obvious aspirations I hope Kroy is additionally motivated by his upcoming free agency and his new mouth to feed, enough to put on a great show for us this season. Let’s hope for double digit sacks from the Bier Mann. Go Falcons!!

Vulture

May 10th, 2011
11:16 am

I hope we reduce the need for starters on special teams.

MV8

May 10th, 2011
11:54 am

This will surely end bad for Kroy, he will get booted out, end up paying child support, & eventually get cut by the Falcons & be broke, dumb decision will come back to haunt him, but Go Falcons!!!!!!!!

Matt Riddle

May 10th, 2011
12:10 pm

Apparently I need to start watching RHW of ATL more often…NOT!

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Mocking your Mock

May 10th, 2011
1:31 pm

Nik

May 10th, 2011
2:24 pm

Kroy can kiss his athletic career goodbye…MV8, youre dead on…

FSII

May 10th, 2011
2:29 pm

DOL,
Say you’ve been going too? Working out too or just getting us scoops?

Thanks for the updates.

Smell of a Tire Tread

May 10th, 2011
2:43 pm

Public visibility means there will always be bashing. She chose to put her self in the spotlight. Be prepared for all that goes with it.

Mike is back

May 10th, 2011
2:44 pm

Dled, I wish Biermen the best…really thought he was a steal…when TD drafted him…he was the guy I pegged to replace Anderson…I thought this guy was ready to take off like a rocket…now not so much.

Hopefully, he can regain some of that hope and promise…you hate to see these guys…get swallowed up by the jungle.

JWill

May 10th, 2011
2:55 pm

Amazing how quick people are to put others down. Kroy has made it where none of the ones trashing him has. The guy is still young and at least he has the motivation to improve after a decent year as a starter. Stop acting ignorant people.

Wunderlink

May 10th, 2011
3:04 pm

Good luck Kroy your gonna need all you can get with Kim & now your going to have a child involved. I’m sorry but things will take 180 degree turn when the kid comes, please remain focused on your job partner!!!! Kim may be the perfect woman behind the scenes but in public she seems self-centered & narcissitic a total contrast to your public image.

the voice of truth

May 10th, 2011
3:36 pm

if everybody played as hard as Kroy we’d have a couple of Super Bowls already.He’ll have double digit sacks this year,,you ham-n-eggers wait and see

Wunderlink

May 10th, 2011
3:45 pm

There are only a few doubters on here that have bashed Kroy…I think nobody doubts this guys effort out there on the field, there was an earlier post about the rotating of defensive ends…that may be a factor in no one having outstanding stats opposite Abraham. I do think that a lot of our guys better rethink their situation or status on this team, if TD goes out & lands a big fish at DE

Ackshun

May 10th, 2011
3:53 pm

What didn’t this guy play for a team that went 13-3 last year? I think Bierman is awesome. He gets a bit stronger and adds a bit more speed out of the snap and you are looking at the second coming of Patrick Kerney. And FYI who he shags is his biz ness he’s grown.

SeenThisB4

May 10th, 2011
4:50 pm

There’s a chance or risk of permanent or long term injury to all of the players participating in the player sponsored workouts.

I hope and pray that that risk is realized for all of the falcan’t players!

JB

May 10th, 2011
7:10 pm

If they don’t work out and aren’t fully conditioned, there’s also a risk of injury.

Aaron

May 11th, 2011
5:22 am

How pathetic do people have to be to judge somebody’s relationship??? If you don’t like him or her or both, fine… Wasting your time whining about it doesn’t make you feel better about yourself… If it does, then that is where your problem is… Get the new drink that’s on the market… It’s called a LIFE

The DE rotation is a very good idea, and will only make the unit stronger… And for all you whining about Biermann, have you actually watched tape??? How many times was he double teamed??? The OL coaches in the NFL know about Kroy, and adjust fire when he is in the lineup… How many of Abe’s sacks were a result of pressure from the other side, being any DE???

People that look at the stat page and don’t break down the film are average fans… People that do it for a living like the GENIUSES the Falcons are fortunate to have in Coach Smith and TD understand… Not to mention all the other coaches and Arthur…

Look at the 2008 draft, and look at the success last year… I bet even some morons would be whining if they won the Super Bowl… Their job is to scout and work behind the scenes… They ignore ignorant couch potato quarterbacks, just so you know…

Any 10 year old fan could figure out how good 08 was for the new generation of players and staff… Go ahead and gripe about a 13-3 season

The players aren’t

D-Bird

May 11th, 2011
7:55 am

This puzzle is done! Bye Bye Jarious Norwood! Hello Mr Rogers. Defense, I’m not impress. Please 50 year old strong side linebacker will not cut this season. DOL, please inform DT and Mr Blank time to make some major moves this off season.

eM

May 11th, 2011
10:08 am

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eM

May 11th, 2011
10:09 am

I think it’s time to call “Beerman” a bust. We got more out of Anderson last year than this prima donna hollywood hugger. Maybe he and Matt Liegnhart(sp) can share an apartment in Hollywood. He was not focused at all last year and it showed. Deny all you want, the facts are on the film.

Falconite

May 11th, 2011
5:25 pm

A bust? Seriously eM? More out of Anderson? Not likely. I sure didnt see Anderson rush a QB, deflect the attempted pass, maintain concentration, intercept the pass, and then get up and run for a TD. Biermann had some serious production at DE last season, stats dont show all the QB hurries and near misses he had. If he hadnt of had to switch to doing special teams a few games into the season, lots more of those hurries probably would have been sacks. I’m not saying he’s as good as Abe, cause he’s not. But, he is very far from a bust.

Chris Waters

May 11th, 2011
6:50 pm

Larry you need to get a life!!