Originally posted on ajc.com  |  Last updated 12/2/11
The Falcons will try to put Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates, who played at Pope High, under pressure on Sunday. Stephen Morton/Associated Press In addition to quarterback sacks, Falcons coach Mike Smith considers the number of quarterback knockdowns and hurries. The Falcons’ pass rush, when considered in its totality, is affecting the quarterback on 24.8 percent of the opposition’s pass attempts. The Falcons have 20 sacks, 52 knockdowns and 25 quarterback hurries, according to Stats Inc. Opponents have attempted 390 passes on the Falcons. So on 24.8 percent of the pass attempts, the Falcons are achieving either a sack, a knockdown or a hurry. “I look at it like we can do more,” defensive end John Abraham said. “I’m not knocking out the D-line, but I definitely feel like we leave a lot of things out on the field with just small things. I think our aggressiveness comes out, but sometimes you can be so aggressive that you mess up on the small things. We have to …
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