This is an article for all of those people who believe that the Falcons' secondary is horrible. First, let me show you some numbers about the Falcons' secondary.
They rank 11th in the league for fewest points allowed, and in the middle third in terms of passing yards per game. Those are not great stats but they are solid. OK, so I will admit that this is not the best secondary, but I must say that they are more than decent.
The Falcons are a dominantly young team on both sides of the ball. This can easily be seen when looking at the secondary. Last season not one of the starting corners was over the age of 27.
This is a problem, because the team lacks veteran leadership in the corner position. They did, however, have Lawyer Milloy at strong safety. Milloy, a 12 year veteran, was one of the leaders on the defense and forced the younger players to play better then they really were.
Milloy, however, was a liability in pass coverage and was thus let go this offseason.
OK, so those were some excuses, now for some justifications.
The Atlanta Falcons have two players that you need to watch out for. They are Erik Coleman (free safety) and Chevis Jackson (cornerback).
Let us start with Jackson. Jackson is already a solid NFL player with only one year under his belt. During this past year he has showed flashes of becoming a truly good player. He has the speed and hands you want in a corner, along with a coaching staff that will help him develop nicely.
Then there is Erik Coleman. He is a potential Pro Bowler that no one can deny. Last season he had 95 tackles, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles. He is only 26-years-old and already plays like a veteran.
OK, so what can we really expect from the Falcons' secondary next year?
What we can expect is that the younger players will improve significantly. I could easily see Houston and Jackson becoming solid starters, while Coleman develops into the all-star we all know he is.
So how will this translate?
Well I believe they will improve the amount of interceptions made from last year (10) to about 16 or even 20. This is because of the experience they have all gained.
So after reading this article I hope that you realize that they Falcons are not THAT bad.