Chuck Smith: Dante Fowler must get stronger, develop better pass-rush technique


You often hear coaches and players talk about the 24-hour rule. Simply put, after every game, unless of course it’s that big game in February that’s numbered with Roman numerals, you have 24-hours to celebrate the victory, or in the case of the Atlanta Falcons 32-6 season opening loss to the Eagles, 24 hours to reflect on what went terribly wrong.

Once the 24 hours are over, it’s now time to get ready for the next opponent and concentrate on improving as an individual and team. The Falcons as a whole, showed this past Sunday that they have a lots of areas that will need considerable improvement if they are to start being competitive on the field.

According to former Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Chuck Smith, who joined Dukes and Bell on Tuesday for his weekly review of the Falcons on-field performance, the defensive front-7 has a lot of work to do, in particular DE Dante Fowler, if the Dirty Birds are going to make any strides in new DC Dean Pees’ defensive system.

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“He bull-rushed almost every play,” Smith emphasized to D&B about Fowler’s technique, or lack thereof, in his attempt to put pressure on Eagles QB Jalen Hurts.

Smith went on to explain to D&B, that Fowler lacks the power to shed certain blocks and create the separation to contain a mobile QB such as Hurts.

Fowler and the rest of his defensive teammates now must prepare to defend 7-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady in the first of their two meetings this season. Brady, of course, is not much of a running threat, but any football fan knows that if Brady is given the time to sit in the pocket, he will pick apart most teams with his pinpoint accuracy.

As a team the Falcons only recorded one sack in Week 1 vs Philly. That number will need to improve if the Dirty Birds hope to have any chance of coming back from Tampa with a victory.

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