Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
They’re one game into the second year of their regime and Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith still haven’t made a mistake.
How could we have doubted them when they gutted their defense in the offseason? And how could we question that defense after it looked bad in the preseason?
There’s no questioning the decision to rebuild the defense after what that unit did after the season-opening victory against Miami. The Dolphins aren’t a bad team, but the Falcons made them look like one.
The Falcons came just less than four minutes of shutting out the Dolphins. The scary thing is this defense only is going to get better.
The logic behind letting guys like Keith Brooking, Lawyer Milloy and Grady Jackson go was that the Falcons wanted to get younger. They’ve done that and this defense already might be better than last year’s.