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Falcons GM admits Atlanta needs to acquire pass rusher


The Atlanta Falcons have had issues with their pass rush in the past. In fact, last year their defense recorded just 28 sacks, tied for the second fewest in the entire NFL.

Things are getting even worse too, as the Falcons won’t be bringing back Vic Beasley (who led the team with eight sacks last season).

However, there is some good news. According to Grant Gordon of NFL.com, Falcons general manager, Thomas Dimitroff, acknowledges the problem. And he admits they need to find some pass rushing help this offseason.

“We’ve had situations where we’ve been very outspoken about Vic leaving,” Dimitroff said. “Obviously, we need to continue to look at where we are going to go with getting to the quarterback. That is just not on the outside (defensive end), that’s on the inside (defensive tackle) as well. We made some big moves last year not only with Grady Jarrett, but bringing in Tyeler Davison and Allen Bailey. We’ve always believed in a rotation on that defensive line.”

The first step is always admitting you have a problem. If you can’t do that, the situation will likely never get better for the Falcons or any other team.

Due to that, it has to be at least somewhat encouraging for fans to hear that the Falcons know the issue. That means they might actually take the proper steps to fixing it.

Dimitroff also points out that Grady Jarrett (along with others) are still on the team and could pick up some of the slack for Beasley. However, even with Beasley this was a serious problem.

So hopefully Dimitroff is looking for a few solutions in free agency and the draft. If the Falcons could fix this problem, they could easily find themselves as a playoff team once again.

The Falcons have so much potential. The resources are there. They just have to be combined properly, and a pass rusher is the ingredient which might put this team over the top as an NFC playoff representative next season.