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    Worst depth at outside linebacker

    Oh my,...these people reporting at espen are really losing any reason to take them serious. Where does this now irrelevant sports channel find these people? Well, here it is,...the worst NFL depth at outside linebacker is on the Falcons defense. In the whole league! Commentary follows,...

    Scott Kacsmar
    Special to ESPN.com

    Outside linebacker: Atlanta Falcons
    Starters: Vic Beasley Jr., De'Vondre Campbell
    Key reserve: Duke Riley

    Every defense would love to have at least two quality edge rushers. We see this best in the AFC West with Denver (Von Miller and Shane Ray), Kansas City (Justin Houston and Dee Ford/Tamba Hali), Los Angeles (Joey Bosa and Melvin Gordon) and Oakland (Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin). In Atlanta, Vic Beasley was a bit of a one-man show last season. His 15.5 sacks led the NFL, while no other Atlanta defender had more than 4.5 sacks. Dwight Freeney, who had 29 hurries, is not returning this year, so it could be the Beasley show again, with only rookies -- including third-round pick Duke Riley -- backing him up.

    De'Vondre Campbell was a fourth-round pick who started last year, but he had only three hurries because he's more of an off-ball linebacker. First-round pick Takkarist McKinley could eventually create a duo of bookend rushers for Atlanta, but he is more of a traditional 4-3 defensive end than Beasley.


    Mr. Kacsmar, what an unusual last name, but he doesn't unnerstand the West Coast Defense as I refer it to be. Maybe he's an old timer who thinks all defenses are a 4-3 with 4 DBs or something, I dunno. However I give Kacsmar credit for recognizing the Broncos, Raiders, Rams and Chiefs defenses aallllll apply the WCD. In that thought, since Dan Quinn left the Seahawks they've gone away from that approach. So lemme get to the point, oh my. haha My fellow Falcons fans are sooooo jaded when the media comes out with something. hmmmm, sounds like me too.haha

    https://boards.atlantafalcons.com/to...de-lb-falcons/

    I enjoyed that thread. Falcons fans *know* their team ya'll. They analyze thangs down to like reducing gravy to cover a biscuit if that makes sense to anyone who's a cook. They must be like me,...knowing that if our team EVER wins a Lombardi it'll be sweet. Overly defensive?,...overly sensitive?,...yeah but the best selling t-shirt in the Northeast is 28-3. NOT the number of Super Bowls the NFL granted for they team for a loooooong time. But back to Kacsmar,...I wonder what nationality Kacsmar comes from,...just curious.

    Ya know, it gets old having to correct people who are being paid actual money trying to do they job, geeesh man. And this post has already gotten too long and honestly I'm tired of trying to show these people what the Falcons are doing. But,...guess where this guy is located?hahaha Homestead, Pennsylvania. He's been the assistant editor at Football Outsiders since 2013. He's also *contributed* much stuff to the Bleacherreport which has blossomed recently and good for them. I remember when bleacherreport was a little biddy baby site.

    But c'mon man,...why ya'll be kicking at a dead horse? The absolute worst depth at OLB? Might wanna cover the team you be such a homey over. These are the types who were like a smiling dog after SB 51.

    On a lighter note haha reports are,...shhhh*can't reveal sources just gotta take my word for it* but Julio is looking like there's no DB(s) in the whole wide wurl that can cover him. He and Matty have hooked up and Julio is tearing it up in practice. Tonight the Patriots host the Chiefs,...


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    Take the points, man. Pats often start the season slowly, though not as terribly as the Squawks. I think Edelman is out. K.C. should win this, and if they do it will make them the A.F.C. team to beat.

    Not to digress Finnish again but hell I can still remember back when Hank was coach and when Jan missed the long F.G. Miami came back and won in O/T: The Longest Game. K/C/C were considered tops in the A.F.C. They had Willie Lanier.

    Now the Falcons have a better LB than Lanier, so depth is not what most peeps look at. Fins here have actually dropped a notch down from last season in our already weak LB Corps, with injuries to McMillan and Misi. They had to sign a veteran LB replacement, who was charitably considered the 3rd-worst starter in the league last season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundermerikan View Post
    Take the points, man. Pats often start the season slowly, though not as terribly as the Squawks. I think Edelman is out. K.C. should win this, and if they do it will make them the A.F.C. team to beat.

    Not to digress Finnish again but hell I can still remember back when Hank was coach and when Jan missed the long F.G. Miami came back and won in O/T: The Longest Game. K/C/C were considered tops in the A.F.C. They had Willie Lanier.

    Now the Falcons have a better LB than Lanier, so depth is not what most peeps look at. Fins here have actually dropped a notch down from last season in our already weak LB Corps, with injuries to McMillan and Misi. They had to sign a veteran LB replacement, who was charitably considered the 3rd-worst starter in the league last season!
    Interesting and oh yeah it's gone up to 9.5. I may be a fool but from what I know the Chiefs are not a bad team, 9.5?

    Oh yeah,...I was a kid,...Willie Lanier was prolly the finest football player ever. Man, those Chiefs back then were STOCKED. Hank Stram,...the administrator. And like many fans of teams always remembers Super Bowl wins as Stram won his a long time ago.

    Thing is,...this is not your usual, traditional defense. And what counts most is drafting, FA moves to build the D the way ya want it. This seems to be the defense Q is building. Like, to suit his scheme, philosophy whatever. There are only 2 defensive players remaining from the Mike Smith days, like since 2014, but both great players so no wonder.

    Agreed,...a win at New England would propel them into Super Bowl contender status.

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