3. Soft Inside
Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) runs with the ball with a lead block from fullback Bruce Miller (49) against Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. The 49ers won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Losing middle linebacker Sean Witherspoon in a linebacking corps that already is lacking in talent is a big blow to the Falcons front seven. Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu are going to have to step up and take control. Lacking in experience at that position really hurts you when you are trying to get off the field in third and short situations. The Falcons will also be hoping rookie Prince Shembo can make an impact in the front seven.