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One of the many hot topics around 2014 XFINITY® Atlanta Falcons Training Camp has been the improvement of the team's offensive line, coached by Mike Tice. Headlining the group up-front is top-pick Jake Matthewsicon-article-link.gif, who continues to be better than advertised. Coach Tice addressed the media Monday morning, offering updates on a wide variety of topics, including Matthews, the battle for the center position and thoughts on today's combined scrimmage against the Tennessee Titans.

What has stood out to you about Jake Matthews?

Coach Tice: "We knew when we drafted him that he was further along than other tackles in the draft. We felt like we were going to get a guy that was ready to step in early. From the second week he's been with us, he's taken all the reps with the ones. His footwork is extraordinary. He's outstanding and confident. He has some things to continue to improve on with his hands, but it comes very natural and very smooth, with his technique. He's an outstanding run blocker; I think that's something that might have been overlooked. He brings his feet with him on contact and he has very minimal mental errors for a rookie. I think he's stoned his guy more than seven-consecutive times, from the tape I've seen. There have been very few times he's been edgy; I think to this point, he's had an outstanding camp."

Do you hope that type of intensity will continue?

Tice: "It's going to continue. I don't even worry about him. Sometimes, I don't even watch him on film; I look at the other stuff and try to clean that up."

Thoughts on the play of tackle Sam Bakericon-article-link.gif:

Tice: "Sam's worked really hard on changing up some of his technique. We've been trying to dabble in a few minor footwork changes and a few changes with his body lean and some steps on the back side. In the run game, he's bought in; he's doing an excellent job of trying to execute these techniques and I think he's had a very solid camp."

What have you seen in the battle at the center position, between Joe Hawleyicon-article-link.gif and Peter Konzicon-article-link.gif?

Atlanta Falcons Offensive Line Coach Mike Tice addressed the media for the first time this season, offering evaluations of his group, including top-pick Jake Matthews.

Tice: "I think both guys have had a really good camp. I think Hawley's had a very good camp to this point, with a long way to go. They both have done a nice job with their calls; Joe is getting calls out of his mouth, especially in pass protection, very quickly, allowing us to have sime time in there to settle in. His ryhthym and tempo is very good; he's utilizing his quickness and he can pull with the best of them. He's very good in the screens and both centers have been outstanding in the screen game to this point. I'm very pleased with both centers. I thought the other night, during the Friday Night Lights practice, I thought Peter had his best practice."

Thoughts on your line's ability to get out in space and block?

Tice: "Some of the schemes we've put in are new for them, some of the schemes were already in the offense and maybe our ratio is a little higher in calling them, it is something I've done for years, pulling the center, way back when we had Jeff Christy in Minnesota. I like getting the levearge on the defesne. In certain defensive fits, if you can get the center out, you can out-leverage them, so we're going to continue to work on that and I think the guys like it."

What is your assement of the guys, since they've been in pads?

Tice: "The guys pad levels are down. They've done a nice job in the run game; they've done a nice job in the double teams in the running game. They've done a nice job on the inside part of the pocket. I think they're right on track, but we're always looking to get better. You're either getting better in each practice or you're getting worse; so, we keep focusing on getting better."

What are your thoughts on today's combined practice with the Titans?

Tice: "We're excited about it. You get tired of beating on your brother after a while. These guys are all brothers and we're a football team and we need to work hard to get each other better and at times, we're not smart and we don't do that. (DL coach Bryan Cox) BC and I are really trying to push these guys and help each other, but today, we don't play our brothers, so that's pretty good; we'll see where we're at. I'm excited for it."

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Given? No. But if you're taken that high, then expectations will be equally high.

To be fair, expectations of a rookie tackle taken in the top 10 aren't that of an 'outstanding' camp. More along the lines of good, some mental errors, and flashes of 'outstanding'.

Matthews is so far ahead of a typical rookie tackle taken top 10.

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He said at times when he watched film he didn't even look at Jake, that's a testament to this man's refined play. When you come from a history of great lineman it's only second nature learning these techniques. Just like with Tru, we're so ahead of the game with him. Looking back on it, he truly was our only choice at 6. I'm glad we didn't move up or down.

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Given? No. But if you're taken that high, then expectations will be equally high.

My expectations are based on factual, historical patterns. The fact is, many OL taken in round one struggle coming out of the gate. Many can't miss OTs over the years picked in top 10 have bombed. There is no such thing as a 100% certainty with any draft pick.

That said, I thought Mathews had the least chance of struggling of all the OTs in draft this year, and this has turned out to be the case. Reports out of Rams camp is Robinson is struggling.

My expectation was cautiously optimistic. I did, and still do, think there is a reasonable chance Mathews could struggle in the running game in early part of season. The big takeaway from original article for me is Tice said the coaches perhaps underestimated Mathews running game abilities. This is a statement of enormous magnitude for me.

Bottom lime: There is a difference between an informed, realistic expectation and an expectation based in what an individual believes in their heart should happen.

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I'm thrilled to hear about his performance in run blocking. That is huge for our offense; he was always going to give Matt time in the pocket, but opening up holes for the RBs takes us to another level.

Hawley, Asamoah, and Matthews is a right-side capable of opening up holes in the run game.

Brb we finally get to hear/see Matt go up to the line and make audibles to a run

Brb can actually pick up 3rd and 2 on the ground

Brb can actually run in the redzone for first time in years

Brb play-action means something

Brb Matt has a pocket to step into in general, and especially important in playaction for a downfield throw

Brb Hawley's play improves with Asamoah next to him

Brb seeing julio actually have time to run a double move

Brb can actually score in the 2nd half of games with a real run game

Brb this all hinges on Baker staying healthy, the second we have to trot out Lamar Holmes we're in trouble

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And most importantly

BRB defense actually has to COMMIT more than 5 defenders to the box in the redzone

People have been wondering why we've been subpar in the redzone for a few years, and this is largely why. When you pose no threat to punch the ball in, the defense obviously does not commit players to stop you. But when you have the number of DB's and LB's put on our WR's and TE's, and combine that with a shortened field in the RZ, you get what we've got: field goals.

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I'm not an OL guru by any means, but Tice's discussion of what they're working on with Baker sounds spot on. Here's to hoping Tice sees/addresses things that perhaps Hill and Co didnt see/think about.

sounds like Tice is trying to fix his weaknesses where as hill focused on improving his strengths
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Rookie Tackle:

We knew when we drafted him that he was further along than other tackles in the draft. We felt like we were going to get a guy that was ready to step in early. From the second week he's been with us, he's taken all the reps with the ones. His footwork is extraordinary. He's outstanding and confident. He has some things to continue to improve on with his hands, but it comes very natural and very smooth, with his technique. He's an outstanding run blocker; I think that's something that might have been overlooked. He brings his feet with him on contact and he has very minimal mental errors for a rookie. I think he's stoned his guy more than seven-consecutive times, from the tape I've seen. There have been very few times he's been edgy; I think to this point, he's had an outstanding camp."

$41 million 6 Year Vet Tackle:

"I think he's had a very solid camp."

Ouch.

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And most importantly

BRB defense actually has to COMMIT more than 5 defenders to the box in the redzone

People have been wondering why we've been subpar in the redzone for a few years, and this is largely why. When you pose no threat to punch the ball in, the defense obviously does not commit players to stop you. But when you have the number of DB's and LB's put on our WR's and TE's, and combine that with a shortened field in the RZ, you get what we've got: field goals.

What are you abbreviating when saying brb? Only net lingo I know of is be right back :lol:

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My expectations are based on factual, historical patterns. The fact is, many OL taken in round one struggle coming out of the gate. Many can't miss OTs over the years picked in top 10 have bombed. There is no such thing as a 100% certainty with any draft pick.

That said, I thought Mathews had the least chance of struggling of all the OTs in draft this year, and this has turned out to be the case. Reports out of Rams camp is Robinson is struggling.

My expectation was cautiously optimistic. I did, and still do, think there is a reasonable chance Mathews could struggle in the running game in early part of season. The big takeaway from original article for me is Tice said the coaches perhaps underestimated Mathews running game abilities. This is a statement of enormous magnitude for me.

Bottom lime: There is a difference between an informed, realistic expectation and an expectation based in what an individual believes in their heart should happen.

I don't expect a pro bowl year, but I'm hoping he's at least a middle of the road starter this year.

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I'm thrilled to hear about his performance in run blocking. That is huge for our offense; he was always going to give Matt time in the pocket, but opening up holes for the RBs takes us to another level.

Hawley, Asamoah, and Matthews is a right-side capable of opening up holes in the run game.

Brb we finally get to hear/see Matt go up to the line and make audibles to a run

Brb can actually pick up 3rd and 2 on the ground

Brb can actually run in the redzone for first time in years

Brb play-action means something

Brb Matt has a pocket to step into in general, and especially important in playaction for a downfield throw

Brb Hawley's play improves with Asamoah next to him

Brb seeing julio actually have time to run a double move

Brb can actually score in the 2nd half of games with a real run game

Brb this all hinges on Baker staying healthy, the second we have to trot out Lamar Holmes we're in trouble

why do u keep saying brb, jw

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Not necessarily- if the rest of the Oline is solid, RBs & TEs can help. They can scheme around one weak link, last year, they had four.

Yeah it's just.. I really want baker to stay healthy. Letting our TE's run their routes and RB's getting a clean release can make a difference through the course of a season.

But you're right, one weak link CAN be schemed for.

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