Kyle Shanahan Says Patriots Defense the Best Falcons Have Seen in 2017

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the architect behind the NFL’s top-scoring offense, emphasized the tough challenge ahead against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Shanahan was asked about some of the criticism the Patriots have received despite boasting the league’s top scoring defense this season, giving up only 15.6 points per game.

“That blows my mind that people would be doing that,” Shanahan said. “It’s the best defense that we’ve seen in the NFL this year. The numbers show it. And watch the film and you see exactly why their numbers are the way they are. They are extremely tough to score against. That’s why their No. 1 in the NFL. I believe only one game this year someone scored 30 points.

“They have very good players all around: players that are interchangeable that can be pass-rushers, that can be linebackers, that can be corners, that can be safeties. And they have an extremely good scheme. So, it’s by far the biggest challenge we’ve had this year.”


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