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JAN 10

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By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com

After getting bumped out of a starting role at two different positions this past season,Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Peter Konz realizes his job could be on the line.

At the same time, a familiar face could be the one who determines his future with the team.

New offensive line coach Mike Tice knows all about Konz from Konz's playing days at Wisconsin. Tice's son, Nate, was a reserve quarterback for the Badgers and was on the team three seasons alongside Konz.

Whether the familiarity with Tice helps Konz moving forward is unknown. No matter the case, the former second-round draft pick knows he has to perform better than he has.

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AP Photo/Paul Abell"I could be the future Todd McClure who was here for 13 years or if things don't work out, I could be gone," Peter Konz said.Criticism has mounted against him, and he's well aware of it.

"Doesn't it bother everybody?" Konz said of criticism. "But if I was a Hall of Famer, I wouldn't be worried about it, right? So that's my goal: to be consistent and to be someone that you can't talk about because that's how I play the game. I want to correct those mistakes that are fair criticism. And I want to make it so you can't bring anything up other than 'he plays hard and his does his job.' I just want to be that person."

Here's Konz's self-evaluation of the 2013 season:

Peter Konz

Position: Center/guard

Age: 24

Contract status: Signed through 2015 ($978,709 cap number in 2014)

2013 games played/starts: 16/15

Snaps: 889

Overview: Konz started the season at center but got pushed around too many times, leading to him being overtaken by Joe Hawley at the position. The Falcons decided to put Konz at right guard, where he struggled as well and was replaced by benched starter Garrett Reynolds. Then Reynolds struggled again, leading to Konz starting at right guard the rest of the season. Konz did share reps with Harland Gunn near the end as the Falcons wanted to get a longer look at some of their unproven players. A neck stinger also might have contributed to Konz's reduced reps.

Konz's self-evaluation: "There was a lot of perseverance during the season. You can talk a lot about things you've learned, but I'm going to keep that personal. I mean, you can read a lot of those criticisms online. It's one of those things where you've just got to move forward and past some of the stuff that you've done wrong. You realize those are things you have to get fixed or otherwise, you're not going to be here. That's really my mindset right now: to get better at the things I didn't do well, go back and look at the film and correct those things outside of here. I'll just go back to the season as a whole and look at the consistently wrong things and correct them as best as you can off the field before you even get back here in April or whatever it is.

"My role? It's so out there right now. I could be the future Todd McClure who was here for 13 years or if things don't work out, I could be gone. And I want to be in a leadership role. I want to be the rock on the offensive line. That's what I'm working on. My personal goals, where I see myself in the best light, is being a staple on this O-line. That's what I want to be. But it's one of those things that's in the air. What I do from here will determine where I am on the O-line and on this team."

Saturday: Harland Gunn

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He seems to have the right mideset and says he's willing to put in the work, but as the old saying goes actions prove louder than words. I hope he does what he say and comes out next year to put up an epic battle for his job. If he can't then its time to cut him loose.

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Yo i may be a fool ... But i like this .... Dude knows this is his career on the line and i think he feel like he know he can be a great player .... This is atleast what i wanted to here.

Dude you have talent ... You can be a athletic C.... Bust yo *** looking at tape and getting stronger ... Because you are right ....You can be the next McClure with this team or you can be a backup until your contract runs out

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IMO this will be Konz's last shot. his cap hit will likely exceed $1MM aftere this season, and he would be replace by a draft pick if he doesnt win a starting position this year.

It's too bad really. I will be the fist to admit, I was touting that he would become a dominant center this season. Boy was I wrong there. It is not often the best center of a draft class doesnt pan out.

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Dude needs to hit the weight room and plan to play RG. He's too tall and plays too upright to play C in the NFL. He can do it (anyone with talent can play), but it's a harder road. He's a more prototypical G. If I was him, I'd plan to take that spot on the team and seal it for the next 10 years.

We'll see if he can pull it off. But as I see it, that's his best shot. Because Hawley made an azz out of him at C last season, and Hawley isn't that great himself.

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Well Konz since you read on here, my advice would be to hit this hard all winter/spring/summer:

People like to blame it all on strength and conditioning for the woes of the O-line and though that played a role the crux of the problem was horrid technique and poor scheme fit. You saw that especially with Holmes and Konz who are best fits for a zone blocking scheme, as opposed to the man blocking scheme they stuck with, and how they, and the rest of the O-line, lost leverage over and over and over again. If Tice can at least be a decent O-line coach by teaching them good technique and they incorporate zone blocking concepts into the system then I expect a turnaround for the O-line, to go along with some free agency pick ups, as opposed to just getting swoll for the sake of getting swoll.

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People like to blame it all on strength and conditioning for the woes of the O-line and though that played a role the crux of the problem was horrid technique and poor scheme fit. You saw that especially with Holmes and Konz who are best fits for a zone blocking scheme, as opposed to the man blocking scheme they stuck with, and how they, and the rest of the O-line, lost leverage over and over and over again. If Tice can at least be a decent O-line coach by teaching them good technique and they incorporate zone blocking concepts into the system then I expect a turnaround for the O-line, to go along with some free agency pick ups, as opposed to just getting swoll for the sake of getting swoll.

No doubt. Our guys were fat, weak and utilized horrible technique. Our Oline was honestly the worst line I'd ever seen. Never seen one before that couldn't do anything well (unless you count getting pushed around and getting your QB pummeled while also allowing zero rushing lanes).

If Tice can get the current unit to just mediocre status, give him a lifetime contract.

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Konz was deficient in both physical strength and the mental aspects. He looked like he didn't know who to block a lot of the time, and then got beat a lot when he did try to block his assignment. I hope for the best, but based on being poor in both aspects it seems unlikely that he turns it around. On a related note, what the heck happened to this guy? He played pretty well for a rookie at RG.

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Konz was deficient in both physical strength and the mental aspects. He looked like he didn't know who to block a lot of the time, and then got beat a lot when he did try to block his assignment. I hope for the best, but based on being poor in both aspects it seems unlikely that he turns it around. On a related note, what the heck happened to this guy? He played pretty well for a rookie at RG.

I think he'd continue to play pretty well at RG. He's not going to be a worldbeater, but he could be a solid piece there.

He has no leverage at C. Between that and not understanding the protections, he was horrible at C.

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He had veterans playing on both sides of him as a rookie. I would have to think that makes a big difference both in being told what to do and getting help in doing it.

McClure helped direct the line but Clabo didn't help much. His decline was clear last season and it continued this season. It also did not help that none of our O-linemen showed any signs of growth which points directly to terrible coaching.

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Other than LT, Center is the hardest position to play on the O line. This past season Luke Joeckel the #2 pick in the entire draft was talking about he has never been a "mental mistake" kind of player in his life, but there is so much more going on in NFL snaps than college and that was his biggest problem.

I don't believe strength is his issue. In my opinion its a combination of mental mistakes and maybe flawed mechanics sometimes. I think/hope we decide to stick him at one position and let him play it. I definitely haven't given up on him or Holmes yet. They both played a ton of snaps this year. I think they are only going to improve.

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Other than LT, Center is the hardest position to play on the O line. This past season Luke Joeckel the #2 pick in the entire draft was talking about he has never been a "mental mistake" kind of player in his life, but there is so much more going on in NFL snaps than college and that was his biggest problem.

I don't believe strength is his issue. In my opinion its a combination of mental mistakes and maybe flawed mechanics sometimes. I think/hope we decide to stick him at one position and let him play it. I definitely haven't given up on him or Holmes yet. They both played a ton of snaps this year. I think they are only going to improve.

Joeckel played RT. He played a few snaps at LT but he broke his ankle not too long into his first start there.

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Im not saying start a guy even tho he doesnt deserve it... No way... But i dont get how ppl give up on players after a year or 2.... We see it all the time.. A guy like Michael Johnson whom alot of ppl want ... He didnt start showing his potential until his 3rd year.

I can name alot of players that it took there 3rd or 4th year to produce.

I agree Hawley should come into training camp as the starting Center..... But its to soon to give up on Konz

Also with the height part i can name a number of centers in the 6'4-6'5 rangse.. From Max Unger to the Pounceys to Alex Mack to Eric Wood ... Konz just needs to improve on his strength and playing leverage.

This is an important offseason for him tho

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