Former Falcons pass rusher excelling with Lions

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The Falcons have had a need for pass rushers for as long as I can remember. And after Week 1, it seemed Atlanta finally found one. However, in Week 2, it was made abundantly clear this unit still needs significant upgrading. To make matters worse, a former Falcons pass rusher — John Cominsky — is excelling with his new team.

I always thought Cominsky was a perfect fit for Dean Pees’ scheme because of his inside-outside versatility along the defensive front. In base defenses, he could’ve lined up as an edge defender with his hand in the dirt in even fronts or standing up in odd fronts. He could’ve slid down to play the five-technique defensive end in odd-man fronts in those same base defenses.

At 6-foot-5 and 285-pounds, his athleticism coming out of college was elite, posting a Relative Athletic Score of 9.42 with great size and agility. I thought Cominsky’s ability to align in multiple positions gave him a shot to play in most personnel packages. He could’ve aligned in a one, three, four, or five-technique in nickel and dime packages depending on the situation — yes, one-technique.
Cominsky wasn’t anything special in Atlanta, so it wasn’t a surprise the Falcons parted ways with him, but it may have been too early in his development to make sweeping judgments because he’s thriving in Detroit. It seems Terry Fontenot made a mistake, but not all general managers bat 1.000. That won’t stop fans from holding his feet over the fire after another 0-2 start.
Photographer: Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire

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