“Could Falcons Offensive Line Be On The Verge Of Collapse?”

October 14th, 2018

Old and rich meets old and rich

Now that’s the kind of headline you want to read on an Atlanta newspaper website the day your team plays the Falcons.

Joe saw that headline last night at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution site. However, it was published just after opening day.

It was based on the 11-year-old John Clayton theory that history reveals that if the ages of your starting offensive linemen add up to 150, then the unit is going to stink in a hurry.

This year, the Falcons’ O-line, one of the most expensive in the NFL, hit that 150 number on the nose. Four starters are 30 or older, while left tackle Jake Matthews, the former first-round pick, is 26.

Conversely, the Bucs opened the season with the youngest starting O-line in the NFC South, combined age of 133.

Atlanta has allowed 16 sacks already, ninth worst in the NFL. The Falcons aren’t running the ball well, either, and today they’re missing their best running back. Still, Atlanta is putting up a load of points and Joe is not trying to say their offense is bad.

The Bucs will counter that offensive line with the second-most expensive defensive line in football (Jags are No. 1), with it’s share of grizzled veterans, too.

14 Responses to ““Could Falcons Offensive Line Be On The Verge Of Collapse?””

  1. LakeLand Says:

    But Atlanta has only allowed 6 sacks in 3 games at home.
    10 sacks came in two road games against the Eagles and Steelers
    And I wouldn’t say it was the O-Line fault
    More like the OC and Matt Ryan fault

  2. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Say it ain’t so! These kinds of headlines are torture! They are just setting us up for the Falcons O-line to have a stellar, All-World, Hall of Fame day with zero sacks and hurries, a 150+ yard runner, and Matty Ice having all day to throw. Atlanta’s only win this season so far in Week 2 featured Coleman getting 100+ yards. This is a must win for both teams. The Bucs have to keep pace with the surging Saints and the stinkin’ Panthers!

  3. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    I hope our DLine isn’t their anecdote for them to suddenly become the Great Wall of Atlanta…

  4. Red86 Says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  5. Reality-is-a-Beotch Says:

    going against the softest team in NFL History Falcons o-line is going to look like Andre the Giant whooping up on Richard Simmons…. oh wait Richard Simmons wears 93 for bucs.

  6. Easy Says:

    Gotta send pressure up the middle on Ryan.

  7. AfrikaThaRapper Says:

    Let’s hope that Mike ‘Sky’s Not Falling’ Smith gets his unit to ball out today, Bucs fans. Go ‘Bucs!!!!!

  8. El_Buc941 Says:

    Put Vea and McCoy in the interior with Gholston and JPP on the outside and blitz LVD and Kwon. Put Carlton on Julio and Grimes switch him occasionally throughout the game. Let’s keep our DLine limited to 4player fronts. We know they suck at running at the moment and with their #1 RB no need to put more bodies in the trenches. Let Ryan throw and let’s get those receivers shutdown!
    #BUC IT!

  9. Doctor Stroud Says:

    So, in other words, the Falcons O-line will have an All World, Hall of Fame day with zero sacks/hurries, a 150+ yards running back, and Matty Ice having all day to throw. Let’s remember that the Falcons’ only win this year came on the heels of Coleman (and not Freeman) running for 100+ yards. The running threat is still there. Let’s not take them lightly. The Bucs have an opportunity to keep pace with the Saints and the Panthers or fall behind. It’s a Bucs life!

  10. Easy Says:

    No Carlton Davis today

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Easy … Just saw the same thing on the Bucs site: Carlton Davis out due to injury. Ryan Smith will start in his place (just don’t put him on Julio, Smitty). Also saw that our newest CB, Marcus Williams, is now on IR. But guess what Joe … Williams’ spot was taken by the ever-popular Freddie Martino, still winging his way to Atlanta from Vero Beach I presume. Would someone … ANYONE … please make a call to Robert McClain please. When you’re already down CBs, and then ANOTHER CB goes down and you replace him with a WR that you have ZERO need for, there’s a phrase for that: It’s called having a DEATH WISH. Jason Licht strikes again.

  12. Chris K Says:

    Troll maxi pad Beatch, your prediction is similar to your week one prediction when you said the Saints would beat us by 40. You disappeared for three weeks after that game. Can you please do the same if the Bucs win today?! That would be great for the actual Bucs fans in here..

  13. Sbucs Says:

    No, Atlanta 48-7. Leave Mike Smith home in Atlanta.

  14. BucEmUp Says:

    Matt Ryan 20 of 24 for 240 yards in the first half.

    AS I’ve said since before lovie Smith was even hired,YOU CAN’T SACK THE QB WHEN SOMEONE IS ALWAYS OPEN.