Make no jokes about it, the Falcons expected more out of #50 last season. The two-time Super Bowl champ understands that he will have to adjust his game in order to get back to being a productive pass rusher in Mike Nolan’s defense.
Recently, Osi told ESPN, “Two days ago, I was talking to Strahan about the bull rush that he did,” Umenyiora explained. “And I was asking him how he was able to do that so well. And he was like, ‘Just take it up the field a little bit more, stutter, and bull.” These conversations between the former teammates are occurring each week, and Atlanta fans can only be hopeful that the HoF defensive end will be able to teach Osi some new tricks.
If we are to look at the Atlanta depth chart through two weeks in the pre-season, it would appear that the Falcons only plan to use Osi in 4-3 looks. In reality, the Falcons do not have the depth to play the 3-4 as their base defense this year. We may get more 3-4 looks than usual, but there are currently zero 3-4 OLBs on this roster. ( Biermann does not count).