4 The Falcons offense had a chance to take a big step forward this season, but their defense couldn’t hold it together.
It was a disappointing season for a Falcons offense that was looking to return to a Super Bowl contender and to make a serious run in the AFC South.
Atlanta was one of only four teams to allow an NFL-high 13.5 points per game, and that’s a big number for a team that’s averaged 6.3 yards per play through three games.
The Falcons went from being one of the most dangerous offenses in the league to one of its most inconsistent, ranking 28th in scoring defense, 25th in points per drive and 27th in total offense.
They had some success in the passing game, finishing sixth in passing yards per game (306.4), but they were still averaging just 4.4 yards per attempt, ranking 29th in the NFL.
With so much of their offense on the outside, Atlanta struggled to generate a consistent passing attack.
It was especially difficult for offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who struggled to get the Falcons in rhythm on both sides of the ball.
Linehan struggled to find an offensive identity on the fly, which led to the Falcons falling behind by double digits in most of the games he coached.
He also didn’t get much help from the running game, which ranked dead last in rushing offense (8.9 yards per carry).
The lack of a true running game was especially glaring, as the Falcons were the only team to allow 20 rushing touchdowns, a number that only two teams (Houston and Atlanta) have ever done.
Atlanta’s defense had its issues as well, as they allowed a league-high 441 yards rushing.
Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian had some good moments, but the Falcons couldn’t find consistency in the run game, allowing an NFL average of just 2.5 yards per rush.
This was especially disappointing because Atlanta was ranked first in the NFC South heading into the playoffs.
They also had one of their best offenses in recent memory, and they had some of the best offensive weapons in the entire league.
But after the NFC championship game, the Falcons had to start thinking about how to get back to their Super Bowl potential.
The Falcons made some moves on offense to try to get them to play more like a regular-season team.
They signed veteran left tackle David Bakhtiari, but that move didn’t go over well.
With Bakhtisari, the only other left tackle in the draft, the team added a veteran pass rusher in Vic Beasley, who was one half of the duo that helped Atlanta win the NFC East.
Beasley was a dominant pass rusher for the Falcons, ranking second in the nation in sacks with 27.5.
Beason was a big part of the Falcons’ pass rush.
He had one sack in nine games, and he also had six pass breakups and a forced fumble in those contests.
Beasley also added some new leadership with a move to the right side.
After a solid start, Atlanta’s offense struggled to sustain pressure and couldn’t convert on a significant percentage of their first-half drives.
They only allowed an NFL high 30 points on first-and-10 in the first quarter of their final game, but they only scored eight points on their next five drives.
The Falcons’ first three drives ended with them allowing a first down or less.
In Week 6, the offense started to get some life, but it was again a long way from the success that had been seen from the first three games of the season.
Sarkisian made some changes to the offense, and Atlanta started to find success again.
On the defensive side of the football, the defensive line was able to create pressure on quarterbacks.
Linehan was one to watch on this side of his staff, as he made some big adjustments to his defensive scheme and got the Falcons to play faster.
Linehan added a defensive lineman to the mix.
Defensive tackle Vic Beason will be coming off a big season with the Falcons.
Defensive end Vic Beakys will be an interesting player to watch.
He was one the top players in the 2016 draft class.
He started eight games at defensive end in his first three years at Georgia Tech, but he moved to the inside last season and started every game at the position.
Beaknes has long had a reputation as a player who plays hard, but I expect he will be a much better player at the next level.
I am not sure whether this signing will have an impact on the Falcons defense, but Beak’s versatility could make a big difference.
The defensive line will also be able to help the Falcons create pressure for their quarterback.
The offense should be a lot more effective with Beasley in the backfield, and the Falcons could get better with their offensive line if they can find