Peyton Posted July 25, 2011 Share Posted July 25, 2011 People are making a big deal over these three free agents. Frankly, I think it's unnecessary hysteria.Having watched this offense for the last 3 years, I feel comfortable saying that the OLs most valuable players is .....Matt Ryan.Whatever his faults are, and he certainly has some, he has two qualities that have made this OL looke like one of the best in the league, when truly, they are a pretty average bunch.The first quality he has is that he gets rid of the ball, like all of the great ones do. In 2008, people said "OMG, the Falcons can't start Matt Ryan, that rookie is gonna get killed behind that offensive line". Well, he didn't. He got rid of the ball and the Falcons set a franchise record for fewest sacks allowed in a season. Did these guys who were perceived as terrible before the season suddenly become awesome? No...I don't think that is what happened.The other way that Matt Ryan makes this line look better is being simply incredible at converting 3rd downs. Everytime he does it he gives Turner and the line more opportunities to pound away at the defense. And frankly, the conversions help because they eventually demoralize a defense.Clabo is a nice player, but hardly irreplaceable. If he were, he'd be a LT, not a RT. Dahl and Blalock? Well, let me put it this way. I don't think there is such a thing as an NFL Guard that can't be replaced. When was the last time you saw a team collapse because they lost a Guard? The Patriots were missing probably the best Guard in the league last year for most of the season and didn't come close to missing a beat.Johnson and Hawley will do at Guard, and they may even be better. We won't know until we see them play. I'd like to see them take a stab at Clabo because RT is a little bit more important, but if the trade off is getting a guy like Charles Johnson, then I think it's the right move to let Clabo walk. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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