4. Bring Back a Cheap Pass Rushing Option in Bruce Irvin
Resigning Bruce Irvin, who has already stated he would like to be back with the team, is a move that is very realistic for the Falcons. In 8 games with the Falcons, Irvin recorded 3.5 sacks for the team. That isn’t a great number, but it’s almost as many as Vic Beasley had all last season.
If Irvin can come back to Atlanta on a cap-friendly, incentive-heavy deal, then this could work for both sides. Irvin is on his last leg in the NFL, but someone as talented as him can still add something to a team that is desperate for more pass rushing from the edges.
With Dan Quinn taking over the defense, and Irvin having his best days in Seattle while Quinn was running the defense, the coaching change could be the thing to unleash Irvin this season. Irvin won’t be the primary pass rusher for this team, but he can still contribute enough to take a little pressure off Vic, too.
And another year with the team could help Irvin coach up Vic a little bit more, similar to what Dwight Freeney did in his time with Atlanta. This won’t be a flashy move that will enamor fans, but it’s a move that can help this team get some pass rush, which is always valuable.