Defensive Focus Shows in First Quarter

Defensive Focus Shows in First Quarter

Jay Adams

Published August 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM

If you had the chance to visit Russell Athletic Atlanta Falcons Training Camp this year, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If not, allow me to proceed.

The Falcons, under defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, have put a premium on causing and recovering turnovers. So much so, in fact, that the defense is instructed to treat all incomplete passes as if it’s a loose ball up for grabs.

So while the offense is generally heading back to the huddle, the defense is still completing the turnover play.

Against the Bengals in the first quarter, we saw why that work has been so important to the Falcons. Bengals running back Brian Leonard took off up the middle of the field after receiving a handoff and was soon found without the ball as safety William Moore punched it from his grasp.

A moment later, Thomas DeCoud pounced on it and the Falcons offense got back onto the field.

All that work on turnovers certainly paid off on that play.

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