The Atlanta Falcons had one of the weakest defenses in the NFL in 2013. In breaking down Atlanta’s new defensive depth chart, big acquisitions and the multitude of draft picks need to be accounted for. There were also some departures by declining players that should help improve the team’s depth.
For each position, the Falcons have someone who looks like he will be a starter, multiple backups who should get some playing time in rotation at different spots and some guys who likely won’t see the roster outside of training camp.
In breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of the defense’s new look, the scheme has to be accounted for as well. Atlanta has one of the most unique defensive schemes in the league. It rivals only a Rob Ryan or Rex Ryan scheme in the multitude of its formations and schematic pressure generated.