Falcons Decide Defense Is Not Important

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The Atlanta Falcons announced a new hire today:

This move must be assumed as the first sign that the Falcons plan on tanking the 2019 season.

All joking aside, it’s good to see people get back to their profession, and I wish Bob Sutton the best. Atlanta will have to decide, going forward, what roles the former Chiefs coordinator will assume in this assistant position.

I’m curious to see how the Falcons defense looks next season.

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STL_Chiefs Fan
STL_Chiefs Fan

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?

StramtoReid
StramtoReid

It is way to early to make predictions on the defense. The narrative of this thread is, if the Chiefs defense suck next year, was Sutton really the blame for the Chiefs defense being bad ?

I hope Atlanta has a top defense, and when Sutton decides to retire, his career won’t be defined based on the 2018 Chiefs defense. It kind of crazy, as bad as the Chiefs defense was in 2018, if Ford wasn’t lined up offsides, the Chiefs go to the Super Bowl.

I’m ready to move on from the blame game, and focus on an having an improved offense,defense , and special teams this year.

Anthony Stratton

So this kinda has me wondering…whats the expectation for the defense this year? We’ve completely overhauled most of our coaching on that side of the ball with some hot names, and everyone seems unanimously supportive of the moves.

So whats the litmus test for next year? Top 20? Average (~14-18)? Top 10?

ElPasoJason
ElPasoJason

I am hapoy anywhere in the teens. Hell, 20th ranked defense this year would have had us in the SB easy and potentially undefeated.

Anthony Stratton

Conversely…whats the reaction if we’re in the bottom 5 again?

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief

I don’t think it will be received well if that happens. I’d like to see a 5-7 spot jump in the rankings.

BigBill
BigBill

If we’re in the bottom 5 again it may not be taken well. With Bob and the crew it felt like there was no hope to get better and our best days were behind us. With Spags people feel that a SB in inevitable whether that’s fair or not.

Anthony Stratton

Kinda where I’m going with this. It feels like a “dream team” staff of defensive coaches have been assembled.

BigBill
BigBill

Yep top 20 would be good. Top 20 wins the SB this year, I agree. I’d like to see top 12. Break every opponents’ spirits early in every game with our offense and with a top 12 D slam the door in the opponent’s face.

ChiefUdall
ChiefUdall

I think 14-18 would be a stretch, hoping to hover around 20 this year.

slackator
slackator

anything above 30 is a welcome change and good enough for me. Having a defense that can win games again would be fantastic but not expected yet

upamtn

anything above 30??? my goodness, the bar is really low for this one …

upamtn

good question … but I think MOST would be more than delighted with “average” or even 20th or whatever … “measurable and distinct improvement” (which is a really generic and non-specific answer)

4thQtrMagic
4thQtrMagic

Defense 18-20. Defense in the bottom 5=pitchforks and torches

Cheat Code
Cheat Code

Around average in points and yards per drive should be the expectation. This defense has talent and the offense/STs are some of the best in the game at assisting the defense (converting first downs/drive length, TOs, and field position).

stjoechief

Under 26 points per game, every game. With that the Chiefs go undefeated if the offense matches this year’s production. Rank doesn’t matter at that point.

ElPasoJason
ElPasoJason

With a QB as good as Matty Ice, you don’t need defense!

-Bob Sutton in interviews with Falcons

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)

You sure it isn’t the AAF Atlanta team? Because according to the score it looks like a Sutton type game.

KCChef
KCChef

They Musta missed the Memo … & The AFCCG … & the Last two Years …

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat

Best headline!

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

He’s going to help with “in game strategy.” You cant make this shit up

Fire_FG_the_moron
Fire_FG_the_moron

Its Pioli, he has never been the brightest of football minds.

Simtex
Simtex

He never was one to sweep candy wrappers under the door.