Falcons under pressure to improve pass rush

Posted Jan. 09, 2010 @ 9:42 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

In addition to finding help at cornerback, one of the Falcons' more important tasks this offseason will be upgrading their personnel at defensive end to help bolster a pass rush that made just 28 sacks in 2009, which tied for 26th in the league. Atlanta has failed to produce a quality complement for DE John Abraham, and Abraham, who had 16½ sacks in '08, made only 5½ sacks this season. While the team maintains that he was disruptive in the backfield, there is concern that Abraham is wearing down after 10 seasons and several serious injuries. The only Falcons defensive end with the potential to become a quality pass rusher is Lawrence Sidbury, a fourth-round pick in '09, but it might take more time for him to develop. Whether it's free agency or the draft, it's likely the Falcons are considering how to address the need to get more pressure on quarterbacks.


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