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What If We Built Our Offense Like Dallas?


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How would all of you guys feel if we built a powerhouse OL, similar to the one lined up in Dallas? While the OL improved, it was still light years away from being a good OL. Thomas Dimitroff has been very adamant about improving the OL to protect there franchise QB, while also vastly improving the running game. We already have one of the most promising LT in the game, and could be a top 3 LT by the end of his 3rd year. We also have one of the most underrated RG's in the game, in Jon Asamoah, and he is starting to enter his prime. While the draft is filled with talented pass rushers, it also has a lot of depth. With a coach like Quinn he will improve the pass rushers already on the team, while also being able to develop, and bring out the best, of mid round DL. There is also a few first round OL prospects, that have All-Pro potential at LG. Players like La'El Collins and Brandon Scherff would look look awfully great next to Matthews. There is also some very skilled LG prospects in round 2 and 3, like Ali Marpet, AJ Cann, and Tre Jackson.

Here is my proposed strategy for you guys:

In round one, we select Brandon Scherff, and if he's not there, La'El Collins. After that pick, our OL would look like this:

LT - Matthews - While he is young, I am very confident he will be putting on a gold jacket 5 years after his retirement.

LG - Scherff/Collins - Both will be All-Pro LG's by year 3. Both have a NASTY mean streak.

C -

RG - Asamoah - Young, and a great blend of athleticism and strength.

RT -

In round 2, we select Cedric Ogbuehi. While he didn't have the best year at LT, he is extremely athletic and has a large frame that could add a lot of mass to it. Would be a phenomenal RT in the ZBS.

After round 2, our OL would look like this.

LT - Jake AKA 'The Bloodline' Matthews

LG - La'El Collins

C -

RG - Jon Asamoah

RT - Cedric Ogbuehi

While Joe Hawley brings a lot of energy and speed to the C position, he struggles against good DT's and could definitely use an upgrade. In the 3rd round, we select Ali Marpet. Marpet played guard and C in college, but played better T C. He brings leadership and ruggedness to one of the most important positions on the offense. He has elite size, and has a high football IQ.

After that pick, our OL for the next 6-10 years is complete.

LT - Matthews 6'5" 308

RG - Scherff 6'5" 319

C - Marpet 6'4" 307

RG - Asamoah 6'4" 305

RT - Ogbuehi 6'5" 305

Not only are all these guys young and have a high football IQ, but they are exceptionally large, while also being very athletic and perfect for the ZBS.

With a coach like Quinn, who specializes in developing DL and pass rushers, we are able to set the OL for the next decade, and allowing us to trim the fat off the OL, with players like baker, Konz, etc. While Schraeder and Hawley are serviceable, we need to set our sights for elite and great. This would allow us to have Quinn develop and analyze the talent he has on the defense, without setting the offense back even more, by stacking up on defense, and having mart Ryan sacked 40-50 times this year. It would also improve the running game greatly, regardless of who is back there. We would have 5 athletic maulers. Those are hard robins by, and they would also be taught by the "offensive guru" Kyle Shanahan. I know that this is extremely unlikely, butler it is fun to think about because we would have the best OL in the league in 3 years, and that could be the foundation for a historically elite offense. Flame suit on and ready for the firing squad.

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We'd probably do as well as they did when they started rebuilding (4 years ago I think). The released two old decrepit linemen that had been in several probowls. At the time they had, on paper, one of the most offensively talented teams in the league and folks were picking them to do big stuff. They flopped badly and Romo got the but kicked off him. It took them until last year to put the final touches on their Oline rebuild. It's not as easy as getting highly ranked players.

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Just get Cann in the 2'nd and call it even. Hawley doesn't need replacing, and Shreader/Holmes will be good competition for RT. Sometimes less is more, change for the sake of change is rarely a good thing, especially when it comes to the O-Line. Jake-Cann-Hawley-Asa-Holmes/Schraed will give us a young and effective O-Line without blowing our entire draft on one positional group.

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I understand being enamored with the Cowboys OL, but do find it odd how frequently Dallas is referenced on TATF as an example of a team the Falcons should "aspire to." Their great run over the last five seasons consists of:

12-4, loss in divisional round

8-8

8-8

8-8

6-10

Total: 42-38 in the regular season, 1 playoff appearance, 1 playoff win, 0 NFCCGs

The Falcons over that same span have a regular season record of

6-10

4-12

13-3

10-6

13-3

Total: 46-34 in the regular season, 3 playoff appearances, 1 playoff win, 1 NFCCG

As much as their OL should be praised, the fact is they've accomplished far less than the regime that Falcons wanted kicked to the curb (and got their wish). So until Dallas gets actual results with that stellar OL, shouldn't we reserve all the "Oh my gosh, what if the Falcons did like the Cowboys have..." posts? shrug.001.gif

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I understand being enamored with the Cowboys OL, but do find it odd how frequently Dallas is referenced on TATF as an example of a team the Falcons should "aspire to." Their great run over the last five seasons consists of:

12-4, loss in divisional round

8-8

8-8

8-8

6-10

Total: 42-38 in the regular season, 1 playoff appearance, 1 playoff win, 0 NFCCGs

The Falcons over that same span have a regular season record of

6-10

4-12

13-3

10-6

13-3

Total: 46-34 in the regular season, 3 playoff appearances, 1 playoff win, 1 NFCCG

As much as their OL should be praised, the fact is they've accomplished far less than the regime that Falcons wanted kicked to the curb (and got their wish). So until Dallas gets actual results with that stellar OL, shouldn't we reserve all the "Oh my gosh, what if the Falcons did like the Cowboys have..." posts? shrug.001.gif

I don't think anybody wants to be the Cowboys (including the cowboys), people just choose them as the paragon of o-line's, just like they do Seattle for Defense.

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We're in for a world of hurt if our offensive line has 3 rookies and a 2nd year player.

Also, by the time this line gels in "3 years", Matt Ryan will be 33.

And he's already crowning the second year player on name alone. That mofo got his as handed to him last year.

He might as well draft three or four more OLinemen for depth needs due to injury and suckage.

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We're in for a world of hurt if our offensive line has 3 rookies and a 2nd year player.

Also, by the time this line gels in "3 years", Matt Ryan will be 33.

Do What?

The F'n O Line we had last year allowed Carolina to Sack Matt Ryan "At Will"

Or do you think that Gregory is a better draft value over Flowers or Scherff?

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