Atlanta Falcons: Can Biermann help to boost the pass rush?





By CARROLL ROGERS

FLOWERY BRANCH — While defensive end John Abraham is expected back in action from a sprained ankle by the time the Falcons play on Jan. 13, the Falcons’ leading pass rusher might not be 100 percent or able to play as many snaps as usual.

The Falcons could use a lift from fellow defensive end Kroy Biermann, who finished second on the team in sacks this season with four behind Abraham’s 10.

Biermann had a career-high 52 tackles this season, and his four sacks are the most since his five in 2009.

“I’ve flied around,” Biermann said. “I’ve fit into the scheme and the positions that they put me into. I’ve played hard. Numbers don’t always tell things. Obviously every guy wants those numbers. But that’s not always the full story of a guy’s play. But personally, I want to step that area up and have every year that I’ve been here and have got to find a way to work and to get it done.”

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52 comments Add your comment

Marcus

January 3rd, 2013
4:38 pm

Lord, I hope so.

Marcus

January 3rd, 2013
4:41 pm

Abe with a gimpy wheel combined with the prospect of facing any of 3 youngish QBs with mobiity is :eek:

Marcus

January 3rd, 2013
4:41 pm

^^^
m-o-b-i-l-i-t-y

DeepDiver

January 3rd, 2013
4:57 pm

This is on YOU Mike Smith!

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

January 3rd, 2013
5:03 pm

Mike smith made the right descision in playing his starters. Injuries happen, mike smith wanted to keep up his teams momentum, it was a gamble but it served a purpose. How often does this team lose two in a row. Its a motivator, atlanta is primed to win.

DeepDiver

January 3rd, 2013
5:34 pm

There was no purpose served except to jeopardize the entire body of work to this point. The concept of ‘momentum’ is fleeting and certainly does not carry on past the bye week. On top of it all, they lost the game anyway.

I will never understand the purpose of allowing your Franchise QB to fling it 45 times in a game that had absolutely no bearing on the playoff seeding. Lineman and blitzing linebackers were teeing off in the 4th qtr, knowing that we had to pass to come back.

Fundamentally deficient thinking. If you want reps, get them on the practice field. RISK MANAGEMENT, PEOPLE!

okeetee

January 3rd, 2013
6:04 pm

Deep Diver is dead on right here: There was no purpose served except to jeopardize the entire body of work to this point. The concept of ‘momentum’ is fleeting and certainly does not carry on past the bye week. On top of it all, they lost the game anyway. I will never understand the purpose of allowing your Franchise QB to fling it 45 times in a game that had absolutely no bearing on the playoff seeding.

If we can score 35-40 points and get 2 sacks, 3 would be better, we can win our next game no matter who we play! If we only score 20 or less with no sacks……we are going to get MCHammered!

Headmofo

January 3rd, 2013
6:23 pm

D-Led

Where is Lawrence Sidbury?

Why isn’t Lawrence Sidbury ready to go after 4 years of coaching?

Priceless

January 3rd, 2013
6:25 pm

Nope but he can help Smitty achieve an 0-4 post season mark as a head coach . Can’t wait to hear all the excuses on the 13th !

Esquire

January 3rd, 2013
6:25 pm

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi
January 3rd, 2013
5:03 pm

Mike smith made the right descision in playing his starters. Injuries happen, mike smith wanted to keep up his teams momentum, it was a gamble but it served a purpose. How often does this team lose two in a row. Its a motivator, atlanta is primed to win.
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My brother and I were at the game and several plays before Abraham went down with the ankle injury we watched him down for a few moments and get up very slowly. My brother and I both said at the same time “Get him out of there”. It was a meaningless game and if nothing else he should have come out when he got nicked before the injury.

Esquire

January 3rd, 2013
6:36 pm

Biermann brings it and has to be accounted for. What a motor!! Don’t think we don’t see you flying around Biermann, keep on keepin’ on.

Who is CARROLL ROGERS and why is he here?

Esquire

January 3rd, 2013
6:36 pm

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Michael M.

January 3rd, 2013
6:41 pm

We will see just how mighty they are in the first playoff game Esquire…………….Don’t give the ball to Turner , pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

robertussen

January 3rd, 2013
6:54 pm

can bierman help the pass rush? this is a question you ask at the start of a year not right before the playoffs.

Big Ray

January 3rd, 2013
7:20 pm

Another example of Mike Smith’s idiocy….

austinwantsyou

January 3rd, 2013
8:48 pm

This is a blessing in disguise for Lawrence sidbury

jo

January 3rd, 2013
9:35 pm

Smitty was right to play starters but wrong not to play to win that game. The falcons will not lose if Abe is not 100%. They may lose if the offense looks like fecal matter as often is the case in big games.

Mike

January 3rd, 2013
9:49 pm

Carroll Rogers is a “she” not a “he”. She normally covers the Braves. Why she is writing on the Falcons…I know not. And honestly the article itself is a bit asinine. Kroy is a solid player, but a top pass rusher he is not. He hasnt been all season so I dont expect him to all of a sudden become one in the playoffs. It is one of TD’s great failures….to get us a pass rusher opposite Abe. Many a low draft pick has been spent and apparently after all these years, the best we have is still our low round 2008 pick in Kroy. And as great of a player as he is…well, I already said it above.

LOL at the Aints

January 3rd, 2013
11:29 pm

Boy lets hope so. LOL

LOL at the Aints

January 3rd, 2013
11:33 pm

That Priceless guy sounds like someone I know,, Hmm,, LOL

Doughnut

January 4th, 2013
1:18 am

I predict Biermann will get 4/16 = 1/4 of a sack per playoff game. Not much to look forward to. Heal Abe heal! Likely we would be better off to replace Peria Jerry due to we know he won’t ever get any sacks due to he is weak and gets pancaked by the OL or full backs.

Whopper Dawg

January 4th, 2013
2:58 am

Headmofo

Cause Sid is a bust just like every other lineman the TD has drafted.

Yep, Biermann is the answer, after years on the roster and 16 games this year, we have a monster pass rusher in our midst, just didn’t want to use him.

What an idiotic column.

RNew

January 4th, 2013
4:06 am

I’d rather face the Viking out of those three. Peterson is a problem, but the only problem. Our secondary would eat Ponder up. RG3 and R.Wilson are mboile QB’s with complementary running games. That can prove troublesome for any team.

Paddy

January 4th, 2013
7:52 am

Carroll Rogers,has been w/ the AJC sports dept for many yrs and SHE can write on any sport w/ knowledge and insight.

okeetee

January 4th, 2013
7:54 am

“I’d rather face the Viking out of those three. Peterson is a problem, but the only problem. Our secondary would eat Ponder up. RG3 and R.Wilson are mobile QB’s with complementary running games. That can prove troublesome for any team.”

….all 3 teams have rookie quarterbacks. They won’t leave our Dome without making some serious mistakes! Will the mistakes be enough to move us on to the second round? Don’t know. If our offensive is clicking, we should put up enough points to force all 3 teams to start throwing the ball on us. But without much of a pass rush our only hope is to win a shoot out!

Esquire

January 4th, 2013
7:57 am

Mike
January 3rd, 2013
9:49 pm

Carroll Rogers is a “she” not a “he”. She normally covers the Braves. Why she is writing on the Falcons…I know not.
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So where is DLed………….??

Paddy

January 4th, 2013
7:58 am

Headmofo………Sidbury is not playing much because he is last in the rotation.

Esquire

January 4th, 2013
7:58 am

Big Ray
January 3rd, 2013
7:20 pm

Another example of Mike Smith’s idiocy….

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What example?

Paddy

January 4th, 2013
8:03 am

Esquire…….DLed is covering the Milan AC exhibition game this week.

Mack

January 4th, 2013
8:14 am

Beertruck has been playing hard all year.

This isn’t a story it’s a quote…good lord. Heck it’s almost a tweet

I'm Gumby, Dammit!!

January 4th, 2013
8:34 am

Appears to me that Big Ray is the idiot. Anybody that doesn’t appreciate Mike Smith’s coaching hasn’t been a Falcon fan for very long. Norb Hecker ring a bell for you? How about the old swamp fox, Marion Campbell? Maybe you’d prefer Jerry Glanville and his California trophy.

Rather than spew all the hate, how about getting a clue!!

Oh, and go Falcons.

shannyeight

January 4th, 2013
9:50 am

@ okeetee- Ponder is a 2nd year QB, not a rookie(although he plays like one at times).

I think Biermann has been more than just solid. The plan was to use him as sparingly as possible with Edwards being the starter- when the plan got switched, because they felt Biermann was more effective than Edwards, that pretty much set his value.

Angry Housewife of Conyers

January 4th, 2013
10:11 am

Douglas

January 4th, 2013
10:39 am

I think the other linemen such as Biermann get helped immensely by the presence of Abraham. Abraham draws the attention (double teams, etc) and even with that he can disrupt the passing game. Some of the other guys sacks would not happen without Abraham in the game.

PlanB

January 4th, 2013
10:59 am

I haven’t heard anything but hope Nolan is staying with us as DK is. We need Nolan’s experience to get rid of some of the defensive dead weight and advise TD with draft picks. Will we get Lofa back next year? We need someone at NT the size of UGA’s Jenkins & Gathers & I trust Nolan better to do this better than TD. Also TD has drafted many OL and we still have problems. It was a mistake not getting Nicks from the aint’s.

Samuel

January 4th, 2013
11:07 am

I keep seeing fans mention Sidbury, I think dude is way down the depth chart. I wish D-led would expound on this subject, in terms of why he’s not playing. Is Sidbury hurt or does he have a bad attitude? Has he fallen out of favor with the coaching staff? We all know Biermann brings the motor but can he be as effective as Abraham? If Abe is not healthy, the blitz will have to come from various individuals on the team.

D'OH!

January 4th, 2013
11:27 am

Falcons don’t stand a chance in the game. It will get ugly. They WILL lose by 14 points minimum.

Jimmy Crack

January 4th, 2013
12:00 pm

Please…Keep telling the Bier Truck he can’t do something…PLEASE.

Say what

January 4th, 2013
12:03 pm

“Anybody that doesn’t appreciate Mike Smith’s coaching”…I think we all appreciate what he has done to make the Falcons a winning regular season team, but his teams have suffered embarrassing butt kickings in the playoffs for two years in a row. The coach should have his team ready to compete, and he has fundamentally failed. That said, the Falcons did face two very good and hot teams that were on Superbowl victory runs. Many are saying that team this year is the Seahawks, but IF they get by Washington, they will not beat Atlanta. The players and coach Smith have been on a learning curve, and they will show that lessons have been learned (two much better O and D coordinators, for one) and this post season is different.

cdog

January 4th, 2013
12:25 pm

the whole team will stepup especially, matt ryan. hes ready to show hes the best quarterback in the game despite haters who want the falcons to lose.losing is not in our vocabulary.we are superbowl bound with our wonderful fans behind us.the dome will be electric and rocking and falcon opponents will be falling

warfalcon

January 4th, 2013
1:11 pm

NO MORE BAD GAMES,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TUG MAN

January 4th, 2013
2:01 pm

thats what i am talking about cdog you or one of the many falcons nations.just like me tug man.stay real falcons for life.fly high birds!!!! ATL believe that!!!!!

Th

January 4th, 2013
2:15 pm

There have been at least 7 or 8 times this year where Biermann was hanging on the QB when he threw the ball, one of them straight into Babs’ gut. Record the games and watch them and you will see how often he is double teamed or the QB rolls away from him. The other teams know to stay away.

Playing a mobile QB this year, he is usually the guy who keeps the QB in the pocket instead of an all-out rush. And you Sidbury lovers; the guy has already been passed by Mathews and Massaquoi. Doesn’t that tell you something?

PlanB

January 4th, 2013
2:16 pm

Samuel – I would like to know more about Sidbury too. He was pretty high on the chart 2 years ago. DOL, what’s the scoop?

Say what – I have been down on some of Smitty’s coaching decisions. I think he is learning as he goes and is doing things different this year for the post season. I hope it works. I think he & Dirk are slowly phasing bout MT in the running game but they just don’t seem to want to give Snelling as many chances as Quizz.

Polk County Falcon

January 4th, 2013
2:24 pm

If Abe isn’t ready to go I’d rather see him sit it out and let Biermann and Sid share the weight. If he tries to go and re-injures his ankle or even irritates it he could be out for the next game or even miss playing in the Superbowl. If he’s not 100% let him rest. I would guess they’re rethinking letting Ray Edwards go along about now. Go Birds

Say what

January 4th, 2013
4:54 pm

Smitty is loyal to veterans to a fault. I’m actually less confident about Smith’s ability than the players and the coordinators. Smitty doesn’t exactly exude confident leadership in big games.

Early in the season, we saw how well they could play as a more aggressive team on both sides of the ball. That goes against Smith’s game management, no mistakes, slow and steady wins the race approach, and I think he has been dialing it back. But it’s the style we need to make a playoff run. We’ll see…

Kim Zolicak

January 4th, 2013
5:46 pm

no !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kim Zolicak

January 4th, 2013
5:47 pm

my husband is robbing the falcons blind !! oh well, back to saks !!!!

FalconJim

January 5th, 2013
12:38 am

We ain’t had much of a pass rush all year long, so why should I feel good about it now? Bierman will be Bierman, and Abe will be Abe….it is what it is. Hopefully, it’ll be enough!!!

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

bullrusher1

January 5th, 2013
2:18 am

Biermann doesn’t have the big sack numbers, but he gets the pressure. He applied pressure when Brees threw that pick to Babineaux, and he definitely gets in the backfield. He just needs to get there 0.5 seconds faster.