The heat’s on the Falcons’ Beasley to bring the heat

All smiles: Dimitroff, Beasley, Quinn. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

All smiles in April 2015: Dimitroff, Beasley, Quinn. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

The consensus on the Atlanta Falcons’ drafting of Vic Beasley Jr. in April 2015: “He’s the pass rusher they needed!” The consensus in September 2016: “It’s too early to call him a bust.”

Both of those things may well be true. He could still be the long-sought pass rusher. And it is too early to discount him altogether. But it was noteworthy that, in response to the great Associated Press writer Paul Newberry’s question — “Did you expect him to make more of an impact?” — Falcons coach Dan Quinn paused and thought and finally offered: “We expect him to make an impact.” (Which sounded like a “yes,” did it not?)

Again: Seventeen games do not constitute a career. Beasley would indeed appear to be a talent, and talent tends to find its way. But it was a bit alarming that, after drafting him and proclaiming him a defensive end — a hand-in-the-dirt guy, to invoke the argot — he’s now being deployed at linebacker. No more hand in the dirt. (Or on the turf, if he’s playing indoors.)

The biggest knock on Beasley is that he’s not overly big and can be manhandled by NFL tackles. He weighs 246 pounds. Then again, the Falcons have taken Brooks Reed, who arrived as a linebacker, and made him a defensive end. He weighs 250.

We recall that Beasley pronounced himself “a double-digit sack guy.” He had four last season, four among the Falcons’ worst-in-the-NFL total. No Falcon had a sack against Tampa Bay on Sunday.

One of the reasons the Falcons hired Quinn is that his Seattle defenses brought the big heat. It was assumed he’d figure a way to ramp up the pressure here, even without Seahawk-level talent. Hasn’t happened. The Falcons’ defense did improve last year over 2014, when it was the NFL’s worst, but the sack total dropped from 22 to 19.

Rightly or wrongly, Beasley will forever be the biggest name linked to the DQ Plan. He was the first player drafted by the coach/czar. He hasn’t produced much. Yes, there’s still time. But, as is the case with all things Falcon now, the clock’s ticking.

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WAITUNTILNEXTYEAR
WAITUNTILNEXTYEAR

Falcons need to be more concerned that Beasley can't make a tackle, let alone a sack.  And no, it's not too early to call him a bust.

TG88
TG88

They Quinn and TD better get us some pass rushers ASAP or Mr. Blank going to wipe the smiles off their faces.. use a draft pick before the trade deadline..we dont draft pick to good anyway...

TG88
TG88

You can be a good coach ( Reeves) and ruck at drafting players.. Mr. Blank keep Quinn for now but find someone to do the FA and Drafting. Please fire TD ASAP..

patriotdog
patriotdog

9 in the box and they run the ball with 2:10 left. They might win in spite of the idiotic play calls.

Nice O line play, especially on the perimeter. Ryan has played well enough. He's a victim of a scheme ill suited to his skills.

candlin14
candlin14

Lets be honest, its hard to get to the QB when you run zone defense 90% of the game and only rush four. 


This was the problem with Nolan and this is the problem with Quinn. I see absolutely no defensive packages that would help increase these sack numbers. Until you start bringing pressure, this team will remain in the back end of sack totals for the year.


Zone defensive is terrible when you have NO coverage corners and secondary. Start blitzing and you may have a chance. They will get burned more on the edges, but I will take my chances at this point.

Brooks23
Brooks23

Is Brian Cox still getting a pass on his terrible D-Line because he was a likeable guy on Hard Knocks?

TideDawg
TideDawg

The Falcons solved the exchange problem between QB & center by signing a highly qualified center(Alex Mack) You would think that Arthur Blank would get the idea that there is a problem with the GM and drafting players that could be solved in the same fashion.

atlson
atlson

Once again, Vic Beasley is a colossal draft bust! Myles Garrett of Texas A&M and Malik McDowell of Michigan State are better suited for the NFL! To the Atlanta Falcons' General Manager Thomas Dimitroff: Troy U, North Carolina A&T, Alcorn State, Kent State, Pitt, and Rutgers are all great football programs! Reuben Foster of Alabama and Carl Lawson of Auburn are game changers!

Big Wally
Big Wally

The problem is Blank who keeps the highly incompetent Dimitroff as his GM.  Quinn is not qualified to be a Coach and a GM, but he is having to learn on the job for both positions, because Dimitroff is clueless.

UGA76
UGA76

Speculate quickly as surely Dimitroff and Quinn will be gone during the break after week 10.  The new GM can pick the new head coach and the official rebuilding from the disaster of Dimitroff can begin.  

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

As a season ticket holder (not next year), I was expecting a statement in that first game. Now I'm just questioning everything.

I'll never understand Coleman starting over Freeman. Down here in the hood, when the Falcons got off to that amazing start, someone did a graffiti piece of Julio and Devonte. No one will waste a can of spray paint on Coleman.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@JeffreyEav

There was a statement alright--and a strong one:

WE ARE LOSERS--AGAIN!

jlrhoya
jlrhoya

The real problem is not Beasley but the first guy in the photo with this article - Thomas Dimitroff

Big Wally
Big Wally

I called it last year and I'm gonna repeat it this year.  He is Aundray Beasley.

atlson
atlson

@Big Wally The problem with Aundray Bruce was immaturity and laziness. Bruce only played one down and danced the other three. Aundray Bruce was a waste of athletic ability!

Big Wally
Big Wally

It wasn't a consensus in 2015 when they drafted him.  David Pollack said that he took too many plays off and that he was not stout against the run, and that he racked up many of his stats against weak teams and disappeared in the big games. 

Falcaints
Falcaints

He appears to have limited technique and is unable to shed blocks.  It is doubtful if he will ever make much of a difference.  Aundray Bruce lives again.

KBP
KBP

John Abraham played at 260lbs. Vic just needs to get better.

kirbylee
kirbylee

No player on the team caught as much heat from the jocks and fans on 680 last week as Beasley.

GTBob
GTBob

Im not giving up on him yet. He showed promise at times last year. If he isn't playing better mid way through the season then it will be a cause for worry.

atlson
atlson

@GTBob The Atlanta Falcons should have drafted Adam Gotsis. That guy is a madman on the football field and a genetic athletic freak!

slp0606
slp0606

He did not even get near anyone with the ball Sunday? - I love the spin move- where he then proceeds to fall down- ? Pretty sure it was 3rd and 4 during a 4 minute offense- Hey Vic -they were not passing the ball- Man

Atl Sports fan1
Atl Sports fan1

You just hope that the torn labrum is the issue because he just gets man handled once the OL lock on to him.  I don't see him making a big impact this year and hope that off season surgery corrects the issue.

I am afraid though that the real issue is he has bird legs and a barrell chest.  His lack of junk in the trunk forces him to rely completely on speed.  Not good if you are a football player.

TomGaff
TomGaff

Terrible choice, should have got UGA RB Todd Gurley?

GTBob
GTBob

@TomGaff What would that have helped? We aren't exactly struggling at RB.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@GTBob @TomGaff It might help us on 3rd and 1, when Freeman gets stuffed 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage. It might help us in the red zone when 1 tackler brings Freeman down all the time.  You could put a bag of rocks in for Beasley and you would get the same amount of production.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTBob @TomGaff

Still bitterly rationalizing after your inexplicably ignorant declaration last year that NFL ROY Worley wasn't worth a first-round pick?

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgNole Who is Worley? Is he better than that guy who had 47 yards rushing for the Rams the other night?

GTBob
GTBob

@Big Wally Even if Beasley turns out to be a bust, it still would have been incredibly stupid to draft an injured RB when you don't need a RB.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@GTBob @Big Wally No, you could have drafted Gurley, Freeman would have been more of a 3rd down back at that point.  The Falcons would then had obviously not drafted Coleman in the 3rd round and they could have drafted a DE, who basically couldn't be any worse than Beasley.    Other teams have done similar moves.  Green Bay drafted Aaron Rodgers when they already had Farve. How did that turn out?  SF got Steve Young when they already had Joe Montana.  How did that turn out?  Answer:  More Superbowls.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@GTBob @DawgNole How many yards did Freeman get for the Falcons? 20 yards.  Yea, we are much better off with him.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTBob

Injured???

He was injured at UGA, fool.

He was ROY in the NFL.

Duh!

Still deflecting, I see.

Archangel
Archangel

Those are quarterbacks who led the team. Totally different scenario.

Archangel
Archangel

That's just one game. You say the stupidest things.