Saturday, July 29, 2006


When the Falcons signed defensive end John Abraham
they thought they were bringing in a sack master. In the words of a cop on Jingle All the Way, “Men we’ve been dooped”. Abraham ranked 11th in sacks last season with 10.5. Pretty good. He played in a 4-3 defense with the Jets that year. The 10 men ahead of him, excluding Jason Taylor because he played hybrid
in Miami, all played in a 4-3 defense. So 4-3 DE’s get a lot of sacks right. So Speeder what’s your point? Abraham now plays in a 3-4 defense. So what’s wrong with a 3-4 defense? DE’s in a 3-4 don’t get sacks!! The OLB’s behind them like Joey Porter, Shawne Merriman, and DeMarcus Ware make the sacks. A DE’s job in the 3-4 is to tie up blockers and fight through the backfield. Who’s the best end in a 3-4? Richard Seymour? Aaron Smith? Marcus Spears? The average size of these men is 6-5 305. So 3-4 ends are bigger! Abraham is 6-4, 258.

Now for the coaching. In a 4-3 defense, the DE is asked to line up in a “9” technique. This is for the strong side DE who is outside the TE. The weak side DE lines up in a “7” technique outside the OT. In a 3-4 defense, the DE is lined up in a “4” technique, which is inside the OT, where its easy to be double-teamed.

Now at 258 lbs., Abraham doesn’t seem like the man to handle many double-teams. He also wont get the chance to pin his ears back and rush. Unless the Falcons play him at OLB, his sack total should drop big time.


Anonymous phil said...

There only good player is vick. they'll still be second in the division.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there, its Crystal from myspace. just wanted to comment on your blog, since you asked;) hope everythings alright!

12:37 PM  
Blogger Situ said...

Why do you assume the Falcons brought in Abraham solely for sacks. They already have Rod Colemand and Pat Kerney. Maybe they just wanted some new blood. Oh, and according to their website, they still run a fo-tree. sorry bub.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous bstro said...

you can't bench press your way out of this one..... panthers will win the south then t bay then atlanta with the addition of abraham theyre d will be a little better as situ said...but carolina still has one deciding factor over falcons...a big time receiver.....steve smith

1:45 PM  
Anonymous phil said...

i completely forgot about Tampa. they have a franchise Q who will be all-pro this season. sorry falcons, youre coming in 3rd. cause Limo's going to the playofss.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Willie B said...

Heres how i will spell it out for u fools #1 Car. #2 Atl. #3 NO #4 TB, with a combo backfield like NO has and the addition of Brees, who killed the Cougs in the 1996 State Championship Game!

3:12 PM  
Anonymous phil said...

saints will still be last. reggie bush sucks. and brees has no targets. their d sucks 2.

3:14 PM  

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