The Atlanta Falcons are stuck between a rebuild and making a full effort to compete. It is not a good scenario to be quite honest.
If the defense decides to play more consistently, they might actually have a shot to compete as soon as this upcoming season. However, that is a big “if.”
The offense on paper seems to be the driving force of this team. The defense nonetheless, needs to carry some of the load.
The Atlanta Falcons defense does have some talent on all three levels
There certainly is reason to believe that they can, at the very least, have a more efficient defense than they did last year. You have one of the best defensive coordinators coming out of retirement to coach for this team. Perhaps that will change the trajectory exponentially.
To sum up the defense for the Atlanta Falcons in 2020, you can simply use the word inconsistent. There were times they looked absolutely dominant like against the Raiders, Chiefs, and Vikings. Or they were a huge liability, like when they faced the Buccaneers, Seahawks, and Cowboys. It was simply head-scratching.
Perhaps some of that had to do with Dan Quinn being the leader in the early weeks, compared to Raheem Morris later in the year against the Raiders, Chiefs, and Vikings.
Coming into the season the defense has some key pieces, but also numerous holes.
Here is a prediction for the final Atlanta Falcons defensive depth chart, as well as special teams and practice squad defenders.