Walker: Falcons Need To “Defend” The Schedule
A few days ago I looked on my timeline on Facebook and I saw that the Atlanta Falcons were releasing to fans that the upcoming schedule would be coming soon but gave a visual of the opponents. So I looked over the schedule and just thought about the upcoming teams the Falcons would play. Of course other than the NFC South gridders in New Orleans, Carolina, and Tampa Bay, Atlanta will face the opponents from the NFC West, Green Bay and Washington along with the AFC East. Now I’m sure most fans and critics alike feel pretty good about the offense for Atlanta but with so many questions on defense Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan has to be looking at this schedule and saying I’m facing WHAT this year??
The Atlanta Falcons Defense will travel to face Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, Ryan Tannehill and the new look Miami Dolphins who will probably mirror the Packers and teams that are uncertainties in Arizona and Buffalo. Oh yeah, you also have to contend with Drew Brees in the Superdome, Cam Newton in Carolina, and Josh Freeman in Tampa, maybe. Coming to the Georgia Dome will be those same division opponents but you have Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins depending on when it is scheduled, you have Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams who can throw it around the yard, you have Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets I suppose, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks who visited not too long ago, and last but certainly not least some guy called Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Wow!
Defensively, the Atlanta Falcons have their work cut out for them. The question marks that the team has on defense have to be filled at least in part based on the needs of their upcoming schedule. The contrasting styles at quarterback are astonishing and would be a challenge for any defensive coordinator especially considering you have mobile quarterbacks that are effective passers out of the pocket, mobile quarterbacks that are just as deadly with their legs as they are with their arm, and traditional veteran pocket passers. The great thing about this situation is that Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan has seen it all and out of the 16 games this season the Falcons have seen 10 of their opponents just last season. However, they must address their defensive needs in pass rush and secondary, in particular corner to defend their schedule this season and make a SuperBowl run.
Jamie Walker is a Producer/Blogger for 92.9 The Game and can be followed on Twitter @coachjdub21