Believe in the Falcons. Fear the defense.

But not a good kind of fear. Nice article from SI (Peter King).

“What’s exciting is we can get some real speed out there this year,” said Dimitroff. “People look at our team and say, ‘You’re missing five starters on defense.’ Do I regret it? No. We might take a step back at first, but we’ll gain experience and continue to grow.”

The key is going to be pressure from Abraham, coming off a career year, and the underachieving Anderson, because Houston and Grimes (and probable nickel Hill) are not great cover guys. The Falcons open against three veteran quarterbacks from two 2008 playoff teams — Miami, Carolina, at New England — so we’ll see if the Falcons can come together as a young defense quickly.

The defense better come together quickly or we will go another year without consecutive winning seasons, which would suck in a big way.


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