With both units adding wrinkles to their sides, will the Falcons offense or defense be better this year?
For years, the Falcons offense was always the unit you could count on. As long as they were scoring points, you didn’t have to worry about anything. When they weren’t scoring points, it was a good chance they probably they would lose that game. That’s because the Falcons really didn’t have a defense that could keep them in the game. This is not to say that there were never good players on defense, but as a unit, they were not the best.
Since Dan Quinn has arrived, things have changed.
The Falcons defense has improved every year under Quinn, and last year it was a top 10 unit. The defense was so good that it actually won the Falcons some games last year, not the offense. The first two games of the season against the Bears and Lions came down to the last possession and the defense came through. Don’t forget the game against the Saints when Deion Jones sealed the game with an interception in the endzone.
The Falcons have also added some pieces on defense that will help them be even better from last year. The defense isn’t the only unit that’s getting better.
The offense has always been a top 10 unit. 2016 was a historic year for the team, and they tried to implement it last year. It didn’t work.
You could blame it on the changes of the offensive coordinator, but it wasn’t all on Sark. Throughout the entire season, you could tell the Falcons had a hard time executing at times. Also, there were some unlucky players that didn’t go their way. How many times can you count when Matt Ryan didn’t deserve an interception? Who remembers the infamous butt fumble?
There is some optimism that this year the Falcons offense will be better with a second year with Sark. Also, during the draft, they added the explosive Calvin Ridley, which could work out well for the unit. They still have the same players returning, and nobody should be taking a big step back.
So you heard both sides, who will be better this year: the offense or the defense?
Malik Brown | @_MalikATL
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