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.
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
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
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