Games Played – 16; Games Started – 0; Snaps – 287
Tackles – 21; Sacks – 2
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
Tied for 2nd in the entire NFL (out of 1,132 special teams players) in terms of kickoff coverage, punt coverage and tackles made.
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.
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.
-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?