The Atlanta Falcons have identified where they need to improve: in the trenches.
The Falcons have fired both line coaches and owner Arthur Blank said the team needs to get tougher along the offensive and defensive lines.
“There is no mystery here,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We know that need to continue to build along our fronts. We need to continue to focus on getting more gritty and more rugged in certain areas. That’s going to be important for us coming into the season as 2014 Falcons to make sure that we all know that this is a warrior game. We have to come to the line of scrimmage with that mentality.
“Mike Smith is a heck of a football coach and we’ve added two tough football coaches along both offensive and defensive lines. Now, we need to continue to look at personnel that is going to fit into our system.”
Dimitroff said the team needs more tough players to go with the players it already has on the roster.
“I believe that we have some tough guys on this team,” Dimitroff said. “I believe that we have some guys, who have a lot of perseverance. There were a number of things that played into our 4-12 season. Along with that, we as an organization realize that we need to ramp up our ruggedness, not only the field, but off the field as well as far as in the locker room and continuing to add players who are already, in my mind, a tough element of roster and they will hold each other accountable. That’s very important.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.