Will Kroy Biermann Have a Breakout Year?

Is This #71’s Big Season?

One of the quickest fan favorites of the Thomas Dimitroff Era is one Mr. Kroy Biermann, a little know defensive end player hailing from the University of Montana after being drafted in the 5th round in 2008. So many players were higher on the radar after TD selected Matt Ryan, Curtis Lofton, and Sam Baker in the first couple of rounds. Most all Falcons fans never had heard of the Grizzly from Montana and thought it would be a serious project pick at best and a throw away pick at worst. Biermann was highly productive at Montana collaring 220 total tackles, 32 sacks, 45 tackles for a loss, 9 forced fumbles, and 7 fumble recoveries. Of course his production was met with large skepticism since he was playing in the Big Sky Conference and many believed his stats were more of a product of lesser competition. Due to his high motor, amazing work ethic, and excellent intensity, Biermann has become a fan favorite and outperformed other defensive ends selected much higher and done so with many less opportunities. After working into a solid rotation, is this finally the year that we see a huge breakout for Biermann? Or is #71 destined to be a rotational player only? The great debate awaits…….

Kroy Biermann By the Numbers

2008 Campaign

Games Played – 16; Games Started – 0; Snaps – 287

Tackles – 21; Sacks – 2

2009 Season

Games Played – 16; Games Started – 2

Snaps – 499

Overall Comprehensive Rank – 10th (+11.1 Rating – Only 4-3 DE’s)

Pass Rush Rank – 24th (+4.1)

Pass Coverage – 2nd (+3.5)

Run Defense – 10th (+6.0)

Penalties – 3

QB Sacks – 29th (5)

QB Hits – 29th (7)

QB Pressures – Tied 33rd (18)

Batted Passes – 0

Tackles – 23

Missed Tackles – 1

Defensive Stops – Tied 27th (23)

Great Games: Miami, Chicago, Washington, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, New Orleans (2nd)

Poor Games: Carolina, San Francisco

Special Teams

Tied for 2nd in the entire NFL (out of 1,132 special teams players) in terms of kickoff coverage, punt coverage and tackles made.

***Special Thanks to ProFootballFocus.com for their excellent stats. Here’s the Complete 4-3 Defensive End Rankings and Kroy Biermann’s Individual Stat Line***

The Next Great Defensive End

The statistics don’t lie, Kroy Biermann is primed for a magnificent year and will become the next great Falcons defensive end. Biermann is a gritty, hard-nosed football player who has done it the hard way, where he has worked and willed himself into a legitimate starter. Coming out of Montana with zero fanfare or awareness, many projected him as a possible OLB with his size and weight at the time (241 lbs). Dimitroff and the coaching staff saw something with Biermann’s competitive fire and drive because he made his way on the field as a rookie where he became known as a special teams maven, the ultimate team player, and even notched 2 sacks as a rookie in only 287 snaps. The Falcons defensive end put more pressure and awareness on the failings of 1st round draft pick Jamaal Anderson since he matched his sack total as a rookie in what took Anderson 3 years to accomplish. Biermann is the ultimate high motor guy and has proven he has an amazing work ethic with what he’s accomplished in a small amount of time: going from 241 lbs as a rookie to 260 lbs in his second year.

Kroy Biermann has shown that he’s ready for a breakout and the stats absolutely bear it out. He notched 2 sacks as a rookie in very limited time and has proven he’ll do whatever’s asked of him where is one of the unquestionable best special teams players in the entire NFL. In his second year, Biermann collared 5 sacks in 500 snaps and only started in two games. Fans were perplexed why Biermann wasn’t the permanent starter, where Coach Smith and Co. stubbornly refused to hand over the defensive end spot to Biermann permanently. Fans were in disbelief when they saw Jamaal Anderson as the starting DE instead of Biermann. The coaching staff preach complete fairness and production as the ultimate barometer of success, but they had a credibility issue on this move. The Falcons DE has participated in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training in the off-season and many think it will take his game to another level. The guy can even do kickoffs for goodness sake. He defines the type of player that Dimitroff and Smith are all about in terms of work ethic, unselfishness, and consummate teammate. Simply put, Biermann is ready and primed for a huge season and it will be an absolute shock if #71 isn’t the starting defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons…..permanently, because he’s earned it.

Must Prove More than Rotational Player

The Guy Does it All! (ajc.com)

Biermann is certainly on a high trajectory for a breakout season, but let’s hold off on crowning him the next Patrick Kerney before he the starting role on full-time. The former Montana Grizzly has definitely played well as a rotational player and has a superb work ethic, but its much easier to find success as a role player as opposed to being the main guy the entire time. A closer look at the stats tell a slightly different story. Even though Biermann did have 5 sacks in lesser time, 2 of his sacks came against the Miami Dolphins in the first game. His other sacks came against teams that were not spectacular (SF – 1, Chicago – 1) or was a complete blowout (Philadelphia – 1). Two of his poorest pass rushing performances were against New Orleans. For some unknown reason, Biermann couldn’t beat out Jamaal Anderson to take over the defensive end spot on a permanent basis. Wouldn’t the coaching staff be looking at anyone to have better production than the hapless Anderson? Biermann is on an excellent path to do great things, but if #71 is not lined up as the starter this year, than he may be relegated to a situational player only and not the next great defensive end.

The Real Experts Weigh In (Your Turn)

-Which side do you choose: breakout or rotational only?

-Is Kroy Biermann primed for a huge season? Why-Why Not?

-Why couldn’t #71 take the DE starter spot permanently?

-Will the MMA training put him over the top?

-How many sacks will Biermann notch this year?

-If #71’s not starting, how will you feel?

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Unca' Bob

June 28th, 2010
11:58 am

Yes. He’s in year three and should have a fine season.

D3

June 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

Since many believe that Kroy Biermann might be the next Patrick Kerney, he’s the stat line on Kerney’s first 3 years:

1999 – Games Played: 16 – Games Started: 2 – Sacks: 2.5
2000 – Games Played: 16 – Games Started: 16 – Sacks: 2.5
2001 – Games Played: 16 – Games Started: 16 – Sacks: 12.0

Pretty close comparison so far. We’ll see.

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CBrass

June 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

Unca' Bob

June 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

D3,

I think he can put up some very good numbers this year. Should he get as many snaps as say a J Peppers, 800+, he will compare to Peppers. And for a whole lot less money.

NFL Stats

June 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

Lunch break. Personally, I think way too much emphasis is placed on who is “starting”. The NFL has changed so much over the last decade to “situational match-ups”. I think the stats show this where last year the Falcons were pretty good on defending 1st and 2nd downs. Where we were horrible was on 3rd down efficiency. What I’m hoping is that out of training camp that we see some dramatic changes in our 3rd down personnel with the Spoon, Moore, Biermann. 3rd down should be the focus, not a 1st down “starter”.

NFL Stats

June 28th, 2010
12:41 pm

Michael Boley is an example of “situational match-up”. We never should have let him go to the Giants. Check out the stats on him — he was “lights out” in 3rd down situations defending the pass for the G men last year. Everyone was disappointed in Boley not reaching expectations for the Falcons as a “starter” — but put in the right role, he’s good.

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kappellmeister

June 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

Breakout for the Bier Man!!!

ATLJBO

June 28th, 2010
1:21 pm

I think Kroy Biermann can have a breakout year but we will see… Some think more snaps equal more production… Thats not necessarily right tho… I remember hearing Chuck Smith talk about Mark Anderson on a radio interview… Mark Anderson had a big rookie year (12 sacks) but the bears tried to start him and give him starter minute but he was never the same again… Chuck Smith said some guys are just meant to be a really good rotational guys… Some guys are just not starters.

I will say this tho… Kroy Biermann seems to really want it….. Dude wants to be an impact DE bad…We will see what can happen… Ive been looking at the games over on NFL.com game rewind…I liked Kroy before watching the games (and i thought he was good when i watched the games live) over but dude is even better then i thought he was… I think Kroy can put up 8 or 9 sacks.

Coop

June 28th, 2010
1:43 pm

Beerman records double digit sacks! count on it. Probably the hardest working guy on the team. Doesn’t take plays off and has a nose for the football. If our DTs could have held the middle more last year, he and Abe would have had 4 more sacks each.

Experience and technique have been the only flaws in his game the last 2 years. That’s over now. He’ll start to beat guys with his mind now.

Finally, shoring up the CBs (Robinson) will create some situation sfor coverage sacks. Beerman will grab one or two.

uga_b

June 28th, 2010
1:46 pm

He honestly doesn’t have much competition to beat out. Chauncey is a nice player and Sidbury is still young. So he should be starting.

Jamaal Anderson is a nice guy who has physical talent that keeps teasing us, but the di is cast. I think the weight will help him and MMA should be good for leverage and hand placement.

Kroy will be as good as John Abraham lets him be; he should also worry about what’s going down in the middle.

SirReal

June 28th, 2010
1:53 pm

I think its about time for him to breakout. I personally dont like the “rotation” philosophy. Stick with a guy on the end and let him develop. I think Bierman has the ability to be a double digit sacker in this league if we let him just go.

Crabkilla

June 28th, 2010
2:00 pm

Look into my eyes…..SURPRISE!!! I’m a Falcon!

Beer Man is lights out this year.

John Waynesworld

June 28th, 2010
2:01 pm

Old fogie stat: In 1983 DE Fred Dean had 17.5 sacks and only started 2 games. He may be the greatest situational player in NFL history.

-Is Kroy Biermann primed for a huge season? Maybe not. Maybe just a better one.

-Why Not? Because there is a distinct possibility that Kroy is exactly what he looks like, an undersized overachiever playing defensive end. For a player of his size to succeed at DE, there has to be an element of speed or elusiveness where it comes to pass rushing. A perfect example is JA55. John is just under 260lbs and he has a difficult time pushing left tackles around (mostly), so he goes under and around O-linemen a majority of the time for his sack production. It is very possible the result will be the same as last year, which is very good overall production and a handful of sacks.

-Why couldn’t #71 take the DE starter spot permanently? I think Coach Smith was resigned to give JA98 one more chance at keeping his DE position. But unfortunately Anderson failed early on and the DE carousel/interview began for the remainder of the season. If Kroy had busted out with 5 or 6 sacks in the span of a few games, this whole conversation would be moot.

-Will the MMA training put him over the top? Who knows what that type of training will do to a football player. It could be detrimental for all we know. A football game is a marathon, not a sprint. If MMA teaches players to explode and use up all their juice at one time, players may have to take more breathers and even taking plays off on the field due to immediate fatigue. And as far as football, to me Herschel Walker gave credibility to the MMA, not the other way around. Basically the old football player showed up the MMA with HIS training. And Jay Glazer creeps me out anyway. Here’s an article with some quotes from #50 and the Coach on MMA training:

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/growing-number-of-nfl-teams-using-mma-training-programs

-How many sacks will Biermann notch this year? 5-8, optimistically, which is pretty darned good especially if Abraham regains form and grabs more than 10 sacks.

-If #71’s not starting, how will you feel? If he’s not starting in the first game, either Kroy is hurt or El Sidbury took training camp by storm.

Sarah B

June 28th, 2010
2:13 pm

CBrass let’s hope your Baby makes QB’s cry like babies this year.

Coop

June 28th, 2010
2:48 pm

JWW – Just wanted to comment on your take about the MMA trianing. I’ll preface by saying I haven’t seen or read the details about exactly what training they did. However, if done properly, it can only be a positive. Having particpated in MMA training in the Army for the last 3 years, I can tell you that my stamina has never been higher, and I aint a young kid anymore.

Your are corret that MMA teaches you to explode, but it doesn’t teach to blow your wad in one move. The focus is to remain calm and leveraged looking for that one slight opening. When you see it, explode and exploit that opening. Now in MMA, that might be to just gain a better position. then you calm yourself and look for the next opening to exploit and once again, explode until finally you’re in a position to finish the fight.

Each football plays last about 7 seconds. If the QB isn’t sacked in the first 4, the sack opportunity is usally gone. The MMA training should help our guys with 3 key things:

1. Improved stamina
2. Batter understanding of how to find weaknesses
3. Better explosion to exploit those weaknesses

MMA taught me numerous new ways to control an opponent. The slightest shifts can show balance problems that a quick thinker can use to their advantage. Beerman already had a high motor. So if can explode any more than before, WOW! More important though is that he may exploit those weaknesses with greater ease.

Finally, the biggest difference between MMA and football is that MMA rounds last 5 minutes. Football rounds last 7 seconds… then you rest. They shouldn’t get gassed.

CBrass

June 28th, 2010
3:08 pm

Infamous

June 28th, 2010
3:27 pm

I think Kroy will be excellent at rushing the passer this year and piling up sacks. I also think he will be great whenever asked to drop into coverage to try to disguise any zone blitzes. My only concern would be with stopping the rush. At times last year, I saw him vanish when running to his side. I mean the guy gives 100% effort even on plays where it appears hopeless that he will reach the RB. Will have Kroy and Abe in on rushing downs be a problem. I think on obvious rushing downs, Anderson will swing out to LDE.

@D3: Do you have a size comparison between Kerney and Biermann?

CBrass

June 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

D3,

As always great job. You’ve asked some really good questions and also made some pretty good points. Maybe Beir is not as good as we think he is and maybe that’s the reason he still splitting time with Mr. Bust(I seriously doubt that’s the reason but I’m trying to remain unbiased). I see where you said that he had 2 sacks against Miami. I think that was because at the time both Babs and Jerry were in there manning the middle. At that time we had that middle push that we lacked the rest of the season. In saying that is he ready for a breakout season? Yes, I truly think that he is!!

CBrass

June 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

John Waynesworld

June 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

Coop, thanks for the knowledge. I didn’t know too much about it yet I commented on it anyway (not a first). I do like the part you mentioned about using leverage. That should help Kroy especially with those big guys.

CBrass, you hit it about the Miami game. When our choice DTs were healthy they made a difference with Kroy.

CBrass

June 28th, 2010
3:49 pm

Coop,

Thanks for the comments on MMA. In a vid that was posted here DeCoud said that it would really help them have their legs in the 4th quarter.

Ken Strickland

June 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

D3-I got your message. Before we can determine whether KBiermann will have a breakout season, we first have to define what a breakout season is for him. As a rotational DE last yr, he got 5 sacks. If he starts this yr and gets additional snaps, what is the threshold for determining him having a breakout season, verses an improved season? Will it be 8, 9, 10 or 12 sacks, which was PKerney’s 3rd yr total when he had his breakout yr?

There is no doubt he’s capable, none whatsoever. The question for him is, can he be effective facing double teams, because if DE JAbraham has another down season like last yr, KBiermann will be the one receiving the double teams. We also have to get better inside penetration in order for our DE’s to get more sacks. All of the outside pressure in the world won’t matter all that much if the QB has room to step into the pocket to avoid the outside rush.

If we can get consistent inside pressure from our DT’s, and about 10-12 sacks, since we only got 8 total from our DT’s combined and JBabineaux got 6 of those, our DE’s will have a field day crunching QB’s.

Sarah B

June 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/eric_winston/06/27/mmqb/index.html

I know this dude is just a player filling in for Peter King but check his Playoff picks.

Moose

June 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

Everyone has great points about why the Beerman is gonna have a great year…… Much better CB play will turn alot of those QB pressures into sacks and a stout DT line will force the QBs out of the pocket for more sacks……. The scheldule also looks softer this year so I would not be suprised to see double digit sacks for him and Big John..

BTW……Dwight Freeney is 6-1 268lbs…….. Just saying…

CBrass

June 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

Moose,

You’re right. If I remember correctly a lot of people where saying that Freeney was too small to make it. Freeney is good not only because of his speed but because of his hand placement. Bier has stated in many of his vid that he posted on his facebook page that he was working on his hand placement more than anything.

Moose

June 28th, 2010
4:19 pm

Dead on CBrass… Freeney also has a non stop motor and the Beerman plays the same way…

Delbert D.

June 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

Nice in-depth article, D3. Biermann has made some key stops since his rookie year. He’s a tough fighter on the inside moves and outside. Play him more this year, and it complements Abraham.

Hamp

June 28th, 2010
4:36 pm

-Which side do you choose: breakout or rotational only?

I think he will start as rotational and by the middle of the season he will breakout.

-Is Kroy Biermann primed for a huge season? Why-Why Not?

Yes this is his third year he needed to get stronger and I believe he has if the muscle doen’t zap his speed he should be a beast.

-Why couldn’t #71 take the DE starter spot permanently?

He was learning the neaunces (sp) of the NFL game coming from a small school he had to develop.

-Will the MMA training put him over the top?

Not that training alone. We don’t know how much he used it. But it couldn’t hurt with what some of the posters stated with knowledge of the MMA training schedule.

-How many sacks will Biermann notch this year?

7-10 I would be happy with eight or nine in the right games. If they come in games that really make a statement than less is more.

-If #71’s not starting, how will you feel?

I would be mad or surpried rotational is not a bad thing with the way we play defense the first on is just as important as the last on. and Jamal is an important piece as well.

CBrass

June 28th, 2010
4:38 pm

Moose,

I know nothing of playing the DE position but I’ve heard countless guy talk about hand placement and how important it is.

John Waynesworld

June 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

News for upcoming Game One..Pittsburgh starting O-Tackle Willie Colon out for the season:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d818e026d&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

SeminoleWarrior

June 28th, 2010
5:43 pm

D3, another excellent post my friend. This is one that I am sure that CBrass has been awaiting for some time to come.

Coop took a little of the fire from my reply (it’s all good, my brother). I have been consistent in my predictions that this will be the year of the Bier Truck. I have been consistent in my prediction that he will post double digit sacks this season. He has the motor, the drive, the physical tools, and most of all, the commitment to be the best. Having watched him excel in a situational role for the last two years, I have seen the promise and upside.

His work ethic reminds me so much of Patrick Kearney. Kearney was a situational player in his first two years in ATL, even though he started each game of his second season. That was his on-the-job training. In year three, he EXPLODED onto the NFL scene with 12 sacks. I see the same in the offering for the truck.

News flash…Sidbury is not far behind either. Forgive the corny analogy but they both had the “Eye of the Tiger” when we met them at the mini-camp. In between making CBrass the happiest woman on the earth, KB stated that he felt that this was his breakthrough year, that he was ready to do all and whatever it took to help the team. I have seen that fire; even felt it myself. This young man is about to take the NFL by storm. TD, Smitty: get ready to lock this guy up long term. He is a keeper for sure.

SeminoleWarrior

June 28th, 2010
5:45 pm

Simply put, there is no DE on the Falcons roster that I feel should start AHEAD of the Bier Truck other than Abe. All the others have had their chances except Sidbury. And they have not shown me enough to hold off on giving the Truck the chance to show his stuff full time. He has shown it in his limited role; now, in the words of the great Miles Lane, let’s get it on!!

SeminoleWarrior

June 28th, 2010
5:51 pm

CBrass, my little warrior was an undersized weakside defensive end. Speed and hand placement were crucial to his success. With his speed and the aggressive training regiment of the last two years, I see the Truck in the mold of Dwight Freeney or again, former Falcon Pat Kearney.

tj

June 28th, 2010
5:52 pm

Beirmann is absolutely one of my favorite Falcon players. He’s one of those hard working, scrapper type guys you’ve just got to respect. He may or may not start – who cares – but I believe “The Man of Beer” will produce 9-10 sacks this year – and be considered a force to be reckoned with on both our defense and special teams!!!

SeminoleWarrior

June 28th, 2010
5:54 pm

NFL Stats, great point on the efficiency of Boley on third down. It weas tragic that he and the coaching staff could not see eye to eye. His departure really set back the LB corps last year BUT I think we have that taken care of this year. Ohhhhhh yeah…#56, baby. He will make us proud.

CBrass

June 28th, 2010
6:03 pm

SW,

I’m still on cloud nine from when I met Biermann!!! I will never ever forget that day.

SeminoleWarrior

June 28th, 2010
6:10 pm

CBrass, I can relate. I felt like Fred Sanford when I got a chance to get a hug from Pam Grier. She was on a USO tour while I was in Korea. And trust me; any man lucky enough to have been in the arms of Pam Grier is a lucky man. Thank God I am among that number.

ooops….this is a football blog.

Ken Strickland

June 28th, 2010
6:59 pm

SEMINOLE WARRIOR-It never fails, when a player isn’t all that physically talented, like KBiermann, he’s usually forced to rely on effort, technique and savy to get the job done. As a result, he is usually fundamentally sound. Players that are loaded with physical and athletic talent, like LSidbury, usually don’t develop as quickly because they’ve relied mostly on their strength, speed, quickness and/or athletic ability, and usually aren’t fundamentally sound.

But when Sidbury learns the techniques and fundamentals, he’s going to be a bigger, stronger and more durable version of JAbraham. I look forward to seeing both he and Biermann high fiving each other in the backfield with the opposing QB sandwiched between them.

Man, this team has so much youth and inexperience, but it is loaded with so much talent and depth at virtually every position that it’s scary.

SeminoleWarrior

June 28th, 2010
7:14 pm

K Strick, I am with you 100%. The Process is about to bear its fruit and the yield will be beyond our wildest dreams as Falcon fans.

Ken Strickland

June 28th, 2010
7:25 pm

Last yr during preseason, CB was one of our major weaknesses, and everyone in Falcons nation was alarmed over their extremely poor play. In just one off season, TD and Smitty have managed to turn a negative into a definite positive. COwens had a solid 2nd half as a rookie starter, and BGrimes had a Pro Bowl caliber 2nd half as our starting RCB. We added DRobinson, drafted DFranks, and will have last yr’s starter BWilliams returning from IR, to go with CJackson.

There’s no way our pass DEF won’t get better. Until this yr, we’ve relied on backup OLinemen that had little or no chance of becoming starters. This yr, we’ll have young backups that are so talented they are, or will be, groomed to become future starters. Now that’s a definite upgrade.

WR has been a weakness for sometime now. But we now have a healthy HDouglas returning, we drafted KMeir, and we have a stable of young talented UFA WR’s that appear to be head and shoulders above the FA’s we have been forced to sign in the past. The same holds true for TE.

At LB, SAdkins has become much more than just a special teams player, we added Spoon and RJames returns from IR. At DT, we have JBabineaux, PJerry and CPeters. That’s an awful lot of speed, quickness, mobility, athleticism and talent. Add MJohnson, TLewis and VWalker, who were steady and effective, if not spectacular, along with improving JAnderson, and we have a solid and deep interior DL.

D3

June 28th, 2010
7:30 pm

Great Mon(dane) Cage! — Best wishes as the summer rolls along. Couple of things to get you through ’til Training Camp. Classic World Cup matches coming up with Germany-Argentina, Netherlands-Brazil, and Spain-Portugal. I know I will get booed, but this Tour de France is officially the last one for Lance Armstrong. He already holds the record for most titles ever with 7, but if he could win here it would be for the Ages. British Open coming up starting on Thursday, July 15th as well.

Unca’ Bob — Plainly put…….EXACTLY!

NFL Stats — Very true on the starts. The only thing is him getting more snaps, regardless of whether he starts or not. Boley may be good on 3rd down stops, but he’s nothing spectacular in terms of overall coverage (ranked 23rd with a smidge above average +0.1 pass coverage) and his overall rank (47th out of 43 4-3 OLBs with a -9.3 overall rating) more than makes up for his departure. Granted, he was better than Mike Peterson but not by much. Just my opinion of course.

kappelmeister — Agreed!

ATLJBO — Very well put. More snaps alone don’t always equal higher stats, but Biermann just seem to have “it”. What he gives up in terms of physical ability, he more than makes up for in work ethic and high motor. Pro Football Focus’s stats don’t always seem to bear out to make sense, but they seem pretty accurate in this instance.

Coop — Exactly! The guy is the epitome of what the front office seem to be building the team around (tough, hard-nosed, high motor, high character). Also interesting that we drafted another Montana Grizzly. I’m sure they asked Bier Truck about Schillinger at some point.

uga_b — Yep, I will be totally shocked if #71 is not starting game 1 in Pittsburgh.

SirReal — You bring up a great point. I can understand the rotation deal when they’re rookies, but there’s no reason they couldn’t have let Biermann run with it permanently at DE. Couldn’t have been any worse than JA#98, right?

JWW — Like the viewpoints. Maybe we should temper our expectations a touch on the Bier Truck, because at the pace most of us are going, anything less than double digit sacks may seem a disappointment. On the other hand, he’s doubled the amount of sacks that Anderson had as a rookie. The bar’s fairly low at DE.

CBrass

June 28th, 2010
7:34 pm

KS,

Do you think that’s the problem with Mr. Anderson? He’s a physical freak but can’t find his way to opposing backfields. I so want him to prove me wrong but it seems that will never happen.

SeminoleWarrior

June 28th, 2010
7:35 pm

K Strick, this is dangerous. What will people think? LOL. Again, I feel you.

The cornerback situation is DRAMTICALLY improved over last season. I fell in love with Mighty Mouse (Grimes) last year when I saw his hustle and aggressive spirit. He never quit and he really grew as the season went on. He is a rock solid player at the RCB position and adds great depth. Owens is another talent that can man the right side. Robinson and Franks are the “shutdown” corners we have missed on the left. Franks will turn out to be the next in the series of “diamonds” that TD has mined for the Falcons.

Nicholas, Adkins, Spoon, and James give us a tremendous young nucleas of LBs for the future. Add in the seasoned vets in Pete and Wire and we are solid. Pass defense is upgraded as well given the skill set and speed of James and Spoon. Adkins is a thumper; if you saw that dude at mini-camp, all you could say was damned….

Again, the methodical nature of the Process is really about to shake things up. This young team is gearing up to shock the world. Just listen to the words of its leader, MR2. With confidence in his team, his coaches, and the fans, he has stated openly and with conviction that he feels that we are good for 12 wins this season. He knows that he has to be committed to excellence in order for that to happen. And all we have heard about his off-season seems to indicate that the commitment is definately there. If he is on, Turner is back to “burner” status, and the intermediate passing game improves, look out. Magic will be in the cards this fall.

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Sarah B

June 28th, 2010
7:49 pm

We are The Falcons, the mighty, mighty Falcons…

Sorry, watched Remember the Titans last night…

mcat

June 28th, 2010
9:04 pm

I watched Super Bowl XXXIII- Remember the Falcons—LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Sarah B

June 28th, 2010
9:13 pm

mcat – bite me… better to have gone and lost than never gone at all. Thanks Eugene Robinson. :(

Samuel

June 28th, 2010
9:39 pm

I’ll say eight sacks this year. But he better watch out- Sidbury will be breathing down his throat if he’s not productive. Go Biermann!