Potential for big changes in Falcons' secondary

Posted Sept. 16, 2011 @ 2:11 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Coming off a blowout loss to the Bears in Week One, sources in Atlanta noticed a higher intensity level at Falcons team headquarters this week. The heat has been turned up and it's being felt in the team's secondary, we hear. There wasn't much the coaching staff was happy with following the season opener, and the defensive backfield was particularly disappointing. There has been some talk of dissatisfaction and potential changes in that area ever since the Falcons signed veterans CB Kelvin Hayden and S James Sanders in late August. Hayden is pushing for the nickel-back job, which currently is held by Chris Owens, and Sanders is a threat to starting FS Thomas DeCoud. Whether or not the team will pull the trigger and make major changes after one game remains to be seen, but the Falcons appear to be considering their options and are not going to be patient if they don't see an improved performance from the secondary.

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