With John Abraham released, everyone has been trying to figure out where the quarterback pressure will come from next season.

The local media has been duly lectured by coach Mike Smith about over-rating the importance of sacks. He talks about chaos in the pocket that affects the quarterback’s comfort level. Pressure, hurries, legit hits and knockdowns must be counted, too.

With Abraham gone, the most disruptive lineman on the roster is Jonathan Babineaux, who flourished in some duty at defensive end last season.

Babineaux knows that the defensive line will be much different next season without Abraham.

“At the end of the day, it’s a business,” Babineaux said. “I definitely understand that as a player. It’s been 13 years in this game for him and he understands it well. I wish him the best. He’s going to be truly missed in our locker room and especially in our (defensive line) room. I’m glad I had the opportunity to play with him. I learned a lot from him.”

Babineaux started the season out at tackle, but as the season progressed and Ray Edwards wasn’t working out, he played some defensive end when the Falcons operated out of the 3-4 alignment.