Since the Hire of Mike Nolan, the general consensus of the Falcoholic is that our Falcons may finally have a solid defense.
Most specifically in the secondary as now this is a passing league. Of course our team is still built to stop the run so our run defense shouldn't go down too much for a few seasons, especially with Mike Smith's core philosophy mixed with Nolans.
But what I wanted to discuss here is something I saw three seasons ago in 2009 when BVG was still our DC.
BVG of course is known for his soft zone coverages, but occasionally there were blitzes. I don't remember all of them but here is one below
Note (Forward the video to 0:53 to this play in question, but yes, look at the whole game review as well)
SAINTS / FALCONS (via pergis123)
courtesy of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3SNtYK9vps
I guess this is what you call a zone blitz.
But you can see how Fast Thomas Decoud closed in on Drew Brees, after looking like he was sitting back in coverage for a full two seconds.
I mean that was crazy.
The rest of the secondary covered the receivers long enough for this blitz to be possible, and for the defensive lineman including Kroy Biermann who seems to make one defensive play a year for a touchdown (I don't think he had one in 2008 but if he did please tell me).
The rest of the game reminded me of how close the Falcons were to taking control if only they could score. But the Falcons did beat the saints 11 months later and after the 2009 first game played the saints close (except the most recent one) as we seem to be one element off of competing with them...offense, defense, turnovers, big plays, etcera.
My question is, could a play like this be something more we might see in Mike Nolan's reign moreso?
Also what play or plays on offense in the Mike Mularkey era might we see more of with Dirk Koetter?