Atlanta Falcons: Fast, Physical, Undisciplined

Atlanta Falcons, Dan Quinn (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons, Dan Quinn (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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Atlanta Falcons, Vic Beasley (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /

Undisciplined Tackling

A big part of the struggles against the ground attack is undisciplined tackling. The Atlanta Falcons are missing far too many tackles. Teams are turning what should be short to moderate gains, into first downs against Atlanta on a regular basis.

This has been especially troubling on third down plays that have prevented the Falcons defense from getting off of the field. The missed tackles are extending dives, wearing out the defense and causing the offense to get cold as they sit and watch the action.

Undisciplined at Finishing Sacks

The missed tackle frustrations also extend to Atlanta Falcons pass rushers not being able to finish sacks. Too often they are allowing quarterbacks to escape their grasp. Many times this has resulted in critical completions.

Vic Beasley is the player most guilty of this violation as a repeat offender. The Atlanta Falcons have gotten better pressure this year thus far than in 2018. However pass rushers must finish these plays with sacks at a much higher rate.

The Dirty Birds must be more tactical and calculated when attempting to bring down ball carriers. They must know their opponents and maintain leverage. They must be disciplined, wrap up and get the ball carrier on the ground, rather than always looking for the big hit.

Undisciplined at Coverage Assignments

The Dirty Birds defense was also undisciplined in coverage. Too often the unit looked confused before the snap and it showed as the play ensued.

The results were several plays in which Colts receivers and tight ends ran wide open, as Falcons defensive players were trying to determine who was defending who. Many times two Atlanta pass defenders were chasing the same Colts player, as another was uncovered.

Head coach and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, linebacker Deion Jones and free safety Rico Allen must come together to ensure the unit is on the same page. They must get everyone lined up and be sure assignments are clear.

Atlanta can not allow opponents to convert 5/8 third down opportunities on a consistent basis. They can not allow team to continuously move the chains and chew up clock. They must be more disciplined and exercise proper situational awareness.