As was the issue in past years, people get far too focused on pass rushing. 40-45% of plays still involve running the football. Look, Kroy isn't a great pass rusher. I think everybody knows this. But he's probably are 4th best pass rusher on the team behind Abe, Babs, and Sid. He's also a good run defender, and has improved immensely in that area over the past 3 years. He's also a valuable ST player as samedi said.
You don't throw guys like that away. The difference between him and Jamaal Anderson is that Kroy is WAY BETTER pass rusher than Anderson was on his best days.
Kroy is a 5th round pick. He is what he is. As Cyril said, he's arguably the best 5th round pick TD has made (BTW Quizz was also a 5th rounder). He's from that very good '08 draft class, that I consistently give TD credit for unearthing, because it was an excellent group of players, and a big reason for that is because he was able to unearth a solid role player like Biermann there.
Kroy's cap hits in 2013 and 2014 are roughly about $3.5 million. Does that make him overpaid? Sure, but not by a ton. Maybe he's worth only $2.5 million. But compare that to Ray Edwards, who counted roughly $6 million against our cap over the final 4 years of his deal.
Don't forget the reason why we've seen so much of Kroy the past two years is because Edwards blew.
You just don't just go from 30 sacks to 3 in two years for nothing.
My theory is this: He wasn't that good in Minnesota. He produced because he was often matched up one on one against inferior RTs, as well as he never had to deal with double teams because Jared Allen and Kevin Williams were consuming those. Plus their pressure would help flush the QB into him.
It's interesting that since he left Minnesota, the player that was very similar to Biermann here in Brian Robison has easily stepped into his mantle and been productive. Robison had 13.5 sacks over the course of 4 years mainly as a backup (FYI, Biermann has 14.5 in the past 4 years). Then the past two years, he's had 8 and 8.5 sacks, which are exactly the totals Edwards had in 2009 and 2010 before coming to Atlanta.
I think the Falcons were probably a bit more desperate to upgrade their pass rush in 2011, and basically overlooked several red flags with Edwards, including the injury that he did not rehab during the off-season because he was more focused on a boxing career. I also don't think the Falcons did their homework in regards to his character. He was not known as the best character guy going all the way back to his days at Purdue. He left there early, and IMO at the time I thought he quit on that Purdue team and his coaching staff because of a subpar season.
I think TD is discerning enough to know these things, but again I think desperation ruled over all. I think part of that problem is that the Falcons probably were too focused on the Packer game as opposed to the 2010 season as a whole, and basically their 2011 off-season moves (principally Jones & Edwards) were more with the mindset of "If we had these guys against hte Packers we would have won that game" as opposed to "If we had these guys for an entire year, it would make us better for the entire year."
I think the latter is how you should approach the off-season, and not just one game, especially one playoff game. I think fans tend to do that as well when it comes to playoff losses, as people are much too focused on what went wrong in the 49er game, and not paying attention to the other 17 games we played this past year.
Not to mention, I think the Falcons wrongly concluded why they lost that Packer game in 2010. It's not because they didn't have a playmaker at WR instead of Michael Jenkins or another good pass rusher opposite Abe. It was a conglomeration of several factors from coaching to gameplan to multiple personnel issues, not just 2.