The Atlanta Falcons had one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season allowing 31 touchdowns. Only the Colts and Washington Football team allowed more.
For Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees, in his first season leading that unit, it was a shock-to-the-system. "Prior to last year I’ve only had one losing season in the NFL and that year we were still ranked 8th on defense. I’m used to a tradition," said Pees. "There’s expectations and when you lose all the time and people treat you like you lose that becomes the expectation. That’s got to take off here.
"We gotta quit this crap of sitting around and thinking that just doing this is fine or being good is okay. It’s not. The expectation has to grow," declared Dean Pees.
Pees continued speaking about his mental approach for the near future.
"We got to build a mental attitude that the expectation is to be great on defense, not just OK, It’s been that way for way too long, I’m sick of it, and we got to change that," says Pees. "The only way we’re going to change that is the players got to change that. Coaches come and go, players are the ones that make this game good."
The Falcons had an NFL-low 18 sacks during the 2021 season, more than 10 fewer than any other team in the league.
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