It was the wait and the surprise that wasn’t. The Atlanta Falcons waited for the end of the Super Bowl to hire head coach Dan Quinn. In the meantime, they hired offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
It was a bad secret — or was it a secret at all? Now the coaching positions are full. What matters to us IDP players is, what is going on with the defense? Yes, there is the defensive-minded head coach Dan Quinn. There is defensive coordinator Richard Smith. And there is Assistant Head Coach Raheem Morris. It looks good. But don’t follow the rainbow, there isn’t always real gold at the end.
So here are 5 reasons you are going to avoid the Falcons’ defense:
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5. 22 sacks
The Falcons defense managed a paltry 22 sacks for the entire season in 2014.
Outside linebacker Kroy Biermann led team with 4.5 sacks. So compared to the league leader both Biermann and the team fall short. Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston led the league with 22 sacks. So Houston’s sack total by himself equaled the total number of sacks for the entire Falcons team.
4. 16 interceptions
The secondary was on the receiving end of 16 interceptions.
Kemal Ishmael led the team with 4 interceptions.
Detroit Lions Glover Quin led the league with 7 interceptions.
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That is the amount of passing yards allowed per game by the Falcons’ defense. That ranked them 32nd in the league.
That is the average number of total yards allowed. That ranked the defense 32nd in 2014.
The Falcons’ defense ranked 27th out of 32 teams.
The defense of Quinn was the exact opposite of what he now has. The Seattle Seahawks defense ranked number one. That is they were first in yards allowed with 276.1. The Falcons defense allowed 122.1 more yards per game than the number one defense.
The Seahawks allowed 185.6 passing yards per game. That is 94.3 less passing yards than the Falcons defense watched go by them.
The Seahawks tallied in with four sacks and six interceptions.
So while you are salivating at the thought of the orchestrator of the number one defense becoming the Falcons’ head coach, be careful what you wish for. While the Seahawks defense was dominating, it was not a statistical windfall.
So what am I saying? Quinn is a defensive stud, yes. The Falcons defense sucked last year, yes. Quinn will improve the Falcons defense, yes. But that will not help your IDP league. Quinn is not bringing the Legion of Boom with him to Atlanta.
What the Falcons have done for you? In free agency they acquired linebackers Brooks Reed and Justin Durant. Reed, acquired from the Houston Texans, has totaled 14.5 sacks in four seasons. Durant, who has played eight seasons in the NFL with three teams, is plagued by injuries.
Neither are going to light up your IDP team. So traditional fantasy players glance towards the Falcons on a match-up basis. Yeah, we got you on that. IDP players once Paul Worrilow and Kemal Ishmael are gone are sparse. The same should be said for your interest in Falcons’ IDP players.
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