Atlanta Falcons: Biermann could flourish in new attack

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH:  Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann shares a laugh with his wife Kim Zolciak at the end of team practice on the first day of mini-camp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH: Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann shares a laugh with his wife Kim Zolciak at the end of team practice on the first day of mini-camp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann, with his newfound reality-show celebrity, could benefit from defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s new attacking style of defense.

However, Biermann is reluctant to talk about the TV show about his wife, Kim Zolciak, and his family,

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH:  Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann picks up his son Kroy Jagger Biermann, Jr., as he walks off the field after the first day of mini-camp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH: Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann picks up his son Kroy Jagger Biermann, Jr., as he walks off the field after the first day of mini-camp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

 even though he tweets about it fervently and it is seen by millions across the nation. He wants to keep his football and the reality show separate.

“I can’t talk about that,” Biermann said.

When it was noted that everybody knows about it and that he plays for the Falcons. He laughed and said “maybe” he could discuss the show later.

But one thing is clear, Biermann’s athletic skill-set appears to fit the Falcons’ defensive scheme nicely.

He has been asked to play in a hybrid linebacker/defensive end role. He may play from a three-point stance or he may play standing up. From either, he can rush or drop into coverage in Nolan’s new world order for the defense.

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH:  Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann gives his wife Kim Zolciak a kiss as he walks off the field at the end of team practice on the first day of mini-camp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH: Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann gives his wife Kim Zolciak a kiss as he walks off the field at the end of team practice on the first day of mini-camp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

“It’s a high-energy, high-octane and fast-paced defense,” Biermann said. “It’s going to be exciting. The guys are picking it up quickly. Once you know the defense, you can play fast. It should be an exciting year.”

It’s not entirely new for Biermann, who dropped into coverage some in Brian VanGorder’s defense.

“There is a lot more flavor to it this year,” Biermann said. “But, you just have to be in your playbook, learn it and know it, so that the coordinator will be comfortable enough to call it.”

Biermann, 26, who was a fifth-round pick out of Montana in 2008, is set to enter his fifth season in the NFL. At 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, he has been a major contributor on special teams and has flashed some big-play ability.

He intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown against Chicago last season. He had an acrobatic tip and interception against Cleveland in 2010 that he returned 31 yards for a touchdown.

Biermann had five sacks in 2009, but just 5.5 over the past two seasons. He finished with 34 tackles last season, according to the coaches’ film review.

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH:  A very pregnant Kim Kolciak greets her husband, Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann, with his son Kroy Jagger Biermann, Jr., as he walks off the field on the first day of mini-camp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH: A very pregnant Kim Kolciak greets her husband, Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann, with his son Kroy Jagger Biermann, Jr., as he walks off the field on the first day of mini-camp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Biermann, who signed a three-year contract during free agency that’s potentially worth $12.15 million, wants to elevate his entire game.

“I need to get more sacks,” Biermann said. “I’ve got to stop the run. I’ve got to do what I’m supposed to do on special teams. I just have to go out there to play football. That’s what they brought me back to do.”

The Falcons clearly have high hopes for Biermann.

“When you’ve got guys that can play with their hands in the ground and in a two-point stance, that gives you more flexibility,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “That’s something that Mike [Nolan] has done wherever he’s been as a defensive coordinator. He wants to try to make it complex for the opposing team.”

Biermann won’t be the only hybrid defensive end/linebacker.

“There will be certain defenses where you’ll be surprised who’s got their hand in the ground and who’s standing up in a two-point stance,” Smith said.

Defensive assistant Mark Collins has some insight into the evolving defense.

“It’s going to be a little bit more flexible on third downs,” Collins said. “There’s going to be a lot more pressure and a lot more versatility in coverage as well. Everybody is excited about it.”

The key to the unit’s improvement will be the development of young veterans such as Biermann, free safety Thomas DeCoud and strong safety William Moore.

“They’ve learned how to be NFL players,” Collins said. “They are taking it to another level at his point. You can see it in their games out there. They are playing with a lot more confidence. … It’s exciting to see those fourth- and fifth-year guys’ progress.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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58 comments Add your comment

SeenThisB4

June 20th, 2012
8:04 am

SeenThisB4

June 20th, 2012
8:18 am

It’s still a base 4 – 3 defense with marginal players….these young veterans aren’t all of a sudden going to change and up their ability just like that,…. not,…. going,…. to happen. Especially when their putting in a so-called different defensive scheme.

TMoney

June 20th, 2012
8:34 am

But Seen, isn’t that exactly what the Saints are doing? And you’re expecting a leap in their defense this year. I think it’s more likely that a Falcons team that overall had the #12 defense last year progresses to a top 10 unit than it is the Saints, who had the #24 overall defense, move into the top half of the league.

CDFALCONS

June 20th, 2012
8:45 am

enough talk aready let’s get the pre-season started. then we will be able to know what we have as a product on the field, until then just talk. GO BIRDS!!!!!!!!!! BRING ME MY Championship.

I'm Gumby, Dammit!!

June 20th, 2012
8:47 am

Seen wants to ignore the old saying, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” by trolling on Falcon’s blogs and talking all this b.s. One thing I’m sure of, with all the distractions going on down in the bayou, the Saints season WILL go up in flames, and they’ll be looking up at the Birds in first place in the NFC South!!

SeenThisB4

June 20th, 2012
9:14 am

Well Gumby, the point is, that you’re ignoring the raging fire, not to mention, the smoke. Your defense won’t be dictating to our offense, it will be the other way around, rest assured of that.

SeenThisB4

June 20th, 2012
9:17 am

@TMoney: And that #24 overall defense stopped your offense, cold. TWICE. I think it’s more likely that that will happen again.

SUWANEE SOB

June 20th, 2012
9:28 am

i believe this scheme will be very successful in general. you have to be able to get to the quarterback in this league. so the faster, the better. no more soft zones trying to hold up for 5+ seconds and letting the qb go thru his reads. and we have samuel, who is the best at jumping the route playing a lot of nickel, which is where the qb will want to go if he has quick/immediate pressure. just think how often over the last few years we have been killed on the inside because of the qb having all day to throw. no more. brees and the ‘aints scheme is toast with this defense. the quick inside is no more, and the throw to the flat is not as successful with our ‘hybrid’ ends able to have their way with the edges.

Rollin

June 20th, 2012
9:52 am

I’m just trying to figure out why most of the pictures and stories in the Falcons training camp section focused on a backup defensive end and some blond I’ve never heard of…I’m guessing is the backup DE’s wife.

PMC

June 20th, 2012
10:02 am

It’s good the new captain of the defense went to Missouri so he can communicate to the defense that they need to show us something.

PMC

June 20th, 2012
10:03 am

Seen, your Saints have the same marginal defensive players too.

PMC

June 20th, 2012
10:04 am

This is the summertime 96% of all this talk is nonsense.

North FLA Falcon

June 20th, 2012
10:07 am

I like Kroy but he disappears on too many plays. He needs to shed blocks more quickly and use that speed. Sorry but he is just too small to go up against big nasty tackles. Drop him back as a LB on certain plays and I think he could do well.

Hankie Aron

June 20th, 2012
10:16 am

SeenThisB4- Are you a Falcons fan?

Hankie Aron

June 20th, 2012
10:18 am

If not you look like a maroon on an ALL FALCONS blog. Your’e ranting to others says more about you than it does about them.

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

June 20th, 2012
10:39 am

All those pics of skank wife of Atlanta and not 1 word about Perrier Jerry. Can we asume that means he wil B cut B 4 the season strats?

Win will U adress the ovbious that Perrier Jerry is a bust?

SeenThisB4

June 20th, 2012
10:42 am

A maroon? LOL!

Seen Aints Antics B4

June 20th, 2012
11:25 am

I’m grateful that Falcon fans have more class than to visit opponents’ blogs and act juvenile. This troll is living proof of why the Aint’s are a classless organization with a classless fan base. Zero integrity and a tarnished championship. Always been the Aints, always will be the Aints.

Van Gorder never used Beirmann(or anyone else, for that matter) appropriately. Been saying since day 1 that Van Gorder was lost in the professional game. Nolan is a HUGE step in the right direction.Last year’s number 12 defense will be this year’s number 8.

Bucky Badger

June 20th, 2012
11:27 am

Looking forward to this Year! New Coaches, Schemes, etc… Gunna kick some Aints *SS!

44counter

June 20th, 2012
11:34 am

Damn!! I thought I had clicked on Rodney Ho’s blog. He doesn’t post that many pictures of Kim j/s

Rip

June 20th, 2012
11:42 am

Biermann, should be out, never really impressed anyone, and he has lost his focus, it is just about the money now. I think the other younger DE will show up this year

Paddy

June 20th, 2012
11:45 am

Rollin…….I agree, never heard of or seen this famous wife before. Why does she have a tv show? Does she sing, dance or do stand-up? Some poster will fill us both in soon.

Jimmy Crack

June 20th, 2012
12:00 pm

I’ll believe all this optimism coming from players (who want their new coach to play them so what else would they say about the new defense) when we beat the Chiefs.

good old joe

June 20th, 2012
12:02 pm

ITS NOT YET JULY SO GO FALCON’S LESS PLAY FOOTBALL THIS YEAR IN JANUARY OK JUST WINN.

Jean Claude Killy

June 20th, 2012
12:05 pm

Seen,, Maroon is pretty good,, but not as good as Eggcuses,, LOL

Paddy,

June 20th, 2012
12:10 pm

She’s got a show for the same reason the Kardashian train wreck has a show…..too many channels,
not enough good programming.
I hope KB has a big season, with John ‘the groin pull’ Abraham coming back, we’ll need him!

Chub Rock

June 20th, 2012
12:14 pm

I hope the guy plays well but can’t we leave the whole hee haw family out of the minicamp football pictures? If you got a 9 or a 10 OK but pictures of 3’s and 4’s are not needed LOL.

ATLJBO

June 20th, 2012
12:16 pm

I think Kroy and Sid could shine as hybrid players…

Joe Tess Fish House

June 20th, 2012
12:18 pm

Win U say hybrid do you mean like robots? I dont thing thats alowed in the NFL.

DJ Sniper

June 20th, 2012
12:31 pm

The Saints will have a harder time adjusting to their new defensive scheme than we will. Steve Spagnuolo likes to generate pressure from his front 4 most of the time, and the Saints don’t really have those type of players at the moment.

BTW, does anybody here visit Saints blogs the way SeenThis comes here all the time?

Joe Tess Fish House

June 20th, 2012
12:35 pm

Jeff B

June 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

Good comeback.

Loyal Falcon

June 20th, 2012
1:07 pm

Mike Nolan will be our best off season pick up

SeenThisB4

June 20th, 2012
1:12 pm

@DJ Sniper: “Steve Spagnuolo likes to generate pressure from his front 4 most of the time…” What defensive coordinator doesn’t like to generate pressure from his front 4 or 3? What compels you to state that the Saints dne’t really have those tyhpe of players at the moment? You do realize that unlike the falcan’ts, the Saints were very active during free agency, you should be aware of that.

Steve-O

June 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

Hey Seen, you still clamoring for the NFL to prove anything?

hiramsaint

June 20th, 2012
2:26 pm

new attack means that there was an old attack and that simply wasn’t the case. tag line should read ” failclowns D floundering under new scheme ” . you don’t have to agree now but you will by about week 6 !

Falcon4ever

June 20th, 2012
2:37 pm

Kimm looks like she’s had 152 orders to many of the scattered , smothered , covered and topped at the Awful Waffle

just me talkin

June 20th, 2012
3:46 pm

might be better able to tolerate this reality show chick if bierman had shown that he was great, not just ok. he’s had time. guess we’ll see what happens with the new dc. wanted to like him but just don’t go for bringing the reality show chick out to practice.

Chub Rock

June 20th, 2012
4:03 pm

just me talkin- I could care less about her coming to practice, it is a free country. I just don’t know why she has to be plastered all over the Atlanta Falcons blog site. If we wanna she her and the trash she represents then we can watch the show. Hee Haw went off the air for a reason.

Tim

June 20th, 2012
4:32 pm

I guess the world has gone to hell in a hand basket.We have persons here who are so weak that they derive pleasure from knocking down someones wife.If you don’t like the photos then don’t look at them.Save us from your childish ways.Grow up get a pair and talk football.Its a football blog not your personal emporium for showing us how little class you really have.

PMC

June 20th, 2012
4:41 pm

Hiram, You realize the Saints just hired a big part of that “old attack” to bolster the middle of thier terrible defense right?

Chub Rock

June 20th, 2012
4:42 pm

AlanFalcon

June 20th, 2012
5:32 pm

SeenThisB4, when and if Bree’s comes back do you think that your team can protect him, there’s alot of animosity left over from last year now that “bounty gate is out in the open” could be an un spoken bounty on Bree’s the way he has spoken out to protect your goons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jean Claude Killy

June 20th, 2012
5:56 pm

Guess you cant say that,,, In the words of Joe Tess,,, I’ve Been BAND LOL

Falcon James

June 20th, 2012
6:16 pm

I have been impressed by Bierman over the past few seasons. I think the Falcon did right by signing him another 3 years. He is talented and should be reaching his peak. I think with Abe being limited on his snaps and Edwards being questionable as to whether or not he has any gas left in the tank, we will see more of Beirman. He is fast and athletic. Nolan will make him a star on the field, while his wife makes him a star off the field.

Mikey

June 20th, 2012
6:33 pm

I am anxious to see Bierman’s play this Fall. He has played with a high motor and can be quite disruptive under the right defensive scheme. I felt that Defensive Coordinator BVG basically took him out of the defense for the last couple of years. In order for a fast and flexible player like Bierman to be successful, you have to mix things up and not have him bull rush or contain all the time. I saw a lot more flex in his assignments three years ago but it seemed to dissapear. He may be the biggest winner in the new Falcons more disceptive and adatptable defense that takes advantage of players’ strengths and capabilities. GO FALCONS!

hiramsaint

June 20th, 2012
6:48 pm

yes pms we did. we got your leading tackler for the past 3 years from you for the same money because-in his words ” i want to win a championship ” . it would appear that a professional football player more than likely knows better than you who has a better chance and he picked that team . the old or no attack i was talking about was the geriatric crew of abe , edwards and the other no names. on the bright side though , they were at least able to score points in a playoff game. y’all really should have addressed the h.c. and qb problems in the offseason but it would appear the peroxide bandit bought himself and matty meltdown 1 more year. can’t wait !

Chub Rock

June 20th, 2012
7:31 pm

Enter your comments here

Paddy

June 20th, 2012
8:20 pm

Well Rollin I guess nobody in ATl has heard of his wife either. My guess her show is on PBS.

Come on guys, what is this woman famous for and why does she have a tv show Somebody must have heard of this woman

Michael M.

June 20th, 2012
8:38 pm

Playing on Home Field in the Superbowl

There has never been a team to play a Super Bowl on their home field. The closest was Super Bowl XIV when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. and Super Bowl XIX when the San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins at Stanford Stadium. The NFL awards the Super Bowl to a city four years in advance. If a team won their conference championship and the Super Bowl was scheduled on their home field, the game would go on as planned.

It wont be the Saints playing at home in the Superbowl this year either.