I found this and thought I would share...good read IMHO
http://www.falconsgab.com/2012/07/29/mi ... -the-best/
a few things that caught my eye and I saw play out at camp yesterday.
"Before former Falcons defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder left to take the same job at Auburn after last season, Atlanta fans frequently lit up sports talk radio switchboards to complain that the team too often played it simple on that side of the ball.
Nolan, in fact, has seen remnants of that through the first third days of training camp. That’s why he and his staff are asking defensive backs to get up in the faces of receivers, so the coaches can see who can and cannot play aggressively.
Once they get a feel for that, some DBs — newcomer Asante Samuel, for example — are likely to be given the option of picking their own method of defense. The more they show in practice, the more often they will be allowed to choose, like a speedy baserunner who gets the green light to steal on his own."
"Nolan’s defense in Miami was No. 7 on third downs (33.8 percent allowed), arguably with weaker personnel than the Falcons have. Atlanta also was No. 30 in the NFL in third-down sack rate (6.02 percent, with 10 third-down sacks) while Miami was No. 2 (12.2 percent, with 21)"