The Secondary is a Concern for the Atlanta Falcons
Now that the majority of free agency and the NFL draft are over the rosters are basically set. So are there still holes in the Falcons roster? Definitely. It should be said that the Falcons did fill some of the holes during the off season, but there is one major flaw in the Falcons roster that I would like to mention. This would be the cornerback position.
Last season the Atlanta Falcons finished 21st in the league in pass defense and 27th in the league in interceptions. Obviously this is not the way a Super Bowl caliber team's defense should play.
One of the main reasons for this was the lack of experience at the cornerback position. Now there is no question that the present Falcon corners have potential, but every team needs veteran leadership. Last season there was Lawyer Milloy. (even though Milloy was not a cornerback he was in the secondary)
For those who missed it the Falcons released Milloy, because he was becoming a liability in pass coverage and was getting up there in age. Now on the surface this seemed like a no brainer. Why not get rid of a player who is a liability? Well maybe because they were the only veteran leader in the secondary.
So, the Falcons released their leader in the secondary and replaced him with three rookies from the draft. That does not seem like a logical trade off. True one of those players (William Moore from Missouri) was drafted to directly fill the Milloy void. The other two were brought in to help the cornerback situation.
Now I have nothing against the corners that we drafted. (Christopher Owens and William Middleton) More then likely they will help create competition in the secondary, but what they will not do is provide veteran leadership or experience.
Some say Hutchinson could fill this void, but up until joining the Falcons he was a free safety. The Falcons have not addressed this problem yet. There, at this point, is no corner who has enough experience to lead. This is a problem that needs to be addressed in the up coming weeks or well the Falcons could pay the price.
There is hope though. If Chris Houston, Brent Grimes, and Chevis Jackson can all continue to develop and if Von Hutchins and Erik Coleman can lead the secondary then well this problem could solve itself.
Regardless of what happens with the secondary I do believe that the Falcons' defense will improve significantly. The defensive line is deep enough to compete and stay fresh all year. Erick Coleman is only going to become an even bigger play maker and with Curtis Loftin developing in the middle there really is no telling what will happen.
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