Atlanta Falcons: Kroy Biermann is being sent on special missions

Falcons DE Kroy Biermann sacks Michael Vick in the fourth quarter. (Getty Images)

Falcons DE Kroy Biermann sacks Michael Vick in the fourth quarter. (Getty Images)

FLOWERY BRANCH — When studying the Falcons’ defense, their opponents need a GPS to keep track of defensive end Kroy Biermann.

In defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s hybrid 4-3/3-3-5 scheme, Biermann lines up in just a few spots, but could end up just about anywhere on the field after the ball is snapped.

Some schemes call for him to rush, or cover or spy the ball carrier, like he did last week against Michael Vick and the Eagles.

“He’s playing four different spots and special teams,” defensive end John Abraham said. “The man is a beast.”

Other times, Biermann may drop 20 yards into coverage like a safety.

“Obviously when Kroy closes the middle (of the field), that’s a different look for the quarterback, and Kroy knows that and it’s kind of exciting,” Nolan said. “I’m sure he wouldn’t want to do it all the time. I don’t plan on doing it all of the time, but he should do it enough that it creates some uncertainty for the other team.”

Biermann racked up a season-high seven tackles and a sack against the Eagles.

According to the coaches’ film, Biermann, who started three games at left end, ranks sixth on the team in tackles, with 29. He also has two sacks and seven tackles for losses. He’s also the second-leading special teams tackler behind Chris Hope.

Biermann likes his role.

“There are a lot of different looks, a lot of positions, a lot of things to know to keep the offenses guessing,” Biermann said. “There are some things that I have to do in addition to being a regular defensive end. It’s exciting and it’s fun. It keeps those offenses guessing on which gap you are hitting and it gets you some free looks.”

Nolan’s moves and unpredictability make the Falcons difficult to prepare for.

“We have some things we can do to neutralize a lot of stuff,” Dallas quarterback Tony Romo said. “Without getting into our game plan, we are going to neutralize a lot of that and go with what we know. Obviously we can’t account for everything.”

Biermann is not sure if he’s still a defensive end.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Sometimes I am, but you never know. It just depends on the play.”

More than any other player, Biermann is the one who is more intrigued by the weekly defensive meeting.

“He definitely keeps it fun and lively,” Biermann said. “A lot of things stay the same. We’ll tweak things here and there. We’ll change some of the looks weekly.”

Biermann has embraced the multiple roles that he’s been asked to play. “It’s something that I‘ve taken in stride,” Biermann said. “I love being in the position that I’m at. I’m excited to be winning.”

Biermann gives his teammates credit for freeing him up to basically be a roamer. “It’s a credit to all of these guys because we all have to learn a bunch of different things,” Biermann said. “The safeties are doing good with the looks. The linebackers are doing good with their looks.”

Biermann dropped into coverage for the past four years, but not as extensively and as far as he’s does in Nolan’s scheme. He has played well in space and has two career interceptions. “Obviously, some of those responsibilities have changed,” Biermann said. “Rushing, stopping here and there and hitting different gaps.”

On top of all of the different positions, Biermann still enjoys his special teams duties. “I love to run down there on the kicks,” Biermann said. “That’s fun. I’ve always loved that.”

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35 comments Add your comment

Blue Fender

November 2nd, 2012
7:52 am

I hope he doesn’t get worn out before the playoffs.

IowaFalcon

November 2nd, 2012
7:55 am

The Cowboys are a dangerous team. Hope we have the right gameplan!

dirtybirdJ

November 2nd, 2012
8:34 am

look for him to play alot of lb with spoon being out. Jonathan Massaquoi could get sum snaps too at outside lb in the 3-4 love what in presesson, want to see him get some game snaps, could be the future …just saying

I usually just read but...

November 2nd, 2012
8:38 am

Beerman gonna have a keg party

ATLSWAG

November 2nd, 2012
8:40 am

We really need to beat the cowgirls since they whooped us last game! plus A.Dent needs to step up or we will have to put a CB/Saftey on Witten!

DJ

November 2nd, 2012
8:57 am

I WISH SPOON WAS PLAYING!BUT DENT MY BOY FROM UGA WILL FILL IN JUST FINE AND WE WILL WIN BY TEN

Smells Like Yellow

November 2nd, 2012
9:03 am

Ice cold BBQ

PMC

November 2nd, 2012
9:09 am

That just means Ray Edwards needs to step his game up and get that water, gatoraid and oxygen out to Kroy more quickly. Come on Ray Rise Up!

falCANS

November 2nd, 2012
10:35 am

Lol Edwards the waterboy…..Hope we establish run EARLY…& capitalize off the many cowboy mistakes

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

uh oh….in between interceptions Tony Romo is going to “neutralize” us…..we in trouble…lol

gary smith

November 2nd, 2012
11:08 am

OOPS…SORRY

nonah

November 2nd, 2012
11:19 am

go FALCONS protect and attack… rise up

KC

November 2nd, 2012
11:21 am

Gary, we get the point. lol

Esquire

November 2nd, 2012
1:44 pm

Esquire

November 2nd, 2012
1:47 pm

Mike Franklin

November 2nd, 2012
2:00 pm

I don’t want to sound negative here but… damn! I wish this game was on at 1pm and not at night! I’ll be a raving lunatic by then!

Okay… already halfway there. No problemo.

Big Ray

November 2nd, 2012
2:51 pm

Damn straight, Gary!

Romo has no idea what Nolan’s defense is going to do. If Peyton Manning couldn’t figure it out, what’s Mr. Pick Six going to think?

This from the guy who leads the League in interceptions!

Danny

November 2nd, 2012
3:04 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more Mike Franklin… I will be a basket case by the 8:30 Kick off….. Hey you lucky few who get to go to the game, SHOW UP EARLY and MAKE SOME NOISE… It is embarrasing to watch how we cheer at the DOME…

FalconJim

November 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

Sounds like the Beerman is our “special-ops” guy! Hope he gets about 8 or 10 tackles, and a couple o’ sacks Sunday night. Boo-yow!!!
We’re comin’ for ya’ Tony Homo!!!

GO, YOU DIRTY BIRDS!!!!!!!!!

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

November 2nd, 2012
3:23 pm

Bierrman is a boss, i cant believe some of our own were mad cause we resigned him, ive always liked the bierrman

rod "straight outta Augusta" johnson

November 2nd, 2012
4:08 pm

Kudos to the husband of the Real Housewife of Atlanta.

Not worried about Romo this Sunday. Can someone buy Jessica Simpson a ticket? If she shows up, he’s definitely due for a multi-pick game + a fumble on a botched handoff. LOL!

Mikey

November 3rd, 2012
9:40 am

I always liked Kroy Biermann too. He has an exceptionally high motor and real good nose for the ball. Coach Nolan is working him in using a variety of techniques that exploit his aggressiveness, flexibility and speed. He is very disruptive and getting better at it. I was amazed against the Eagles. Every time I was about to give up hope on a play, there came Kroy out of nowhere to clip an ankle and end the play. How nice… Keep it going Kroy! GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

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