Kroy Biermann DL ATL 3 Months
Falcons placed DE/LB Kroy Biermann (Achilles) and FB Bradie Ewing (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending their seasons.
The loss of Biermann is huge; he was a movable chess piece in Mike Nolan's defense, playing every snap and operating as both an up-front and second-level player. Look for the Falcons to lean on Jonathan Babineaux more at defensive end going forward. Ewing's loss is less significant; he only played 14 snaps through the first two games. Still, the Biermann injury is big and could cause a ripple effect on an Atlanta defense that already had average talent.
Kroy Biermann DL ATL 4 Months
Falcons DE Kory Biermann saw extensive playing time at linebacker during Saturday's camp practice.
Biermann is expected to be used as a "movable piece" in Mike Nolan's 4-3 defense and is likely ticketed for a situation role. The Falcons upgraded at end by adding fourth-round pick Malliciah Goodman and fifth-rounder Stansly Maponga to the defensive line rotation this offseason.
Kroy Biermann DL ATL 6 Months
Falcons DE Kroy Biermann could see the majority of his snaps at 3-4 OLB in the team's multiple defense.
The Falcons plan on running a hybrid defense under Mike Nolan, which will feature more 3-4 looks than last season. The team drafted two traditional defensive ends and added Osi Umenyiora through free agency, increasing the odds Biermann will focus on more of situational role. Nolan added Biermann is a player he believes can help cover athletic tight ends, implying he may also see time at SAM linebacker in 4-3 alignments.
Kroy Biermann DL ATL 11 Months
Speaking at Monday's season-ending presser, Falcons coach Mike Smith didn't rule out switching from a 4-3 defense to 3-4 scheme in 2013.
"I'm not ruling out anything," Smith said. DC Mike Nolan was a 3-4 man until arriving in Atlanta, and a switch has been rumored for over a year. The Falcons' 4-3 attack generated just 29 sacks in 2012, which was 28th in the league. DE Kroy Biermann would be a candidate to shift to linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, while OLB Sean Weatherspoon would potentially kick inside.
Kroy Biermann DL ATL Nov 02 '12
In addition to special teams, Falcons DE Kroy Biermann has played four different spots in Mike Nolan's defense this season.
"The man is a beast," says veteran pass rusher John Abraham. Biermann has been used as a "spy" on Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick, and has even dropped into coverage as a safety. In his 4-3/3-3-5 hybrid scheme, Nolan has used Biermann as a "movable chess piece," to borrow a favorite term of NFL Films guru Greg Cosell.
Kroy Biermann DL ATL Mar 01 '12
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Falcons are expected to re-sign free agent DE Kroy Biermann within the next 36 hours.
Per beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter, the re-signing is "imminent." Biermann should come relatively cheap after a disappointing 2011 season. Per Ledbetter, the estimated cost will be $10 million to $12 million over 3-4 seasons.
Kroy Biermann DL ATL Jul 31 '11
The Falcons are expected to use a "revolving door" approach at defensive end this season.
Incumbent LE Kroy Biermann was oh-so-close to countless sacks last season, but finished off only three of them. He's now No. 3 on the depth chart, sharing snaps with RE John Abraham and new starting LE Ray Edwards. The wave-type rotation should keep all three pass rushers fresh. Biermann has plenty to play for in the last year of his deal. Abraham's in a contract season too.