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I think people think he's better than he actually is. That being said, I'd be fine with increasing the depth of talent along the OL. Glad to see we're still shopping.

Gotta do something at LG.

That's just it, not sure he's LG material man. Not sure why FALCONS FANS think Asamoah isn't.

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Can you tell me the major differences between LG and RG? Offensive line is the one position group I know the least about

I heard that the LG is the better pass blocker while the RG should be better at run blocking. Idk doesn't make sense to me and it would seem like we had that backwards with our line last year lol.
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Yeah, that's the same here. Also, yes everytime it has been suggested...typical Falcons Fans retorts...

Yeah, I can see that. A lot of times people assume a guy is locked at a position because that's what they play. I made the same argument about Alford to safety recently, but it's not because he's a corner and therefore can't play safety. It's because he's tiny and therefore will struggle in run support playing safety, plus he'll have to be able to lay the wood over the middle. But Asamoah's skill set seems to be well suited for the left side. He's really solid in pass protection, and good in run protection, but he's not really a mauler that you want on the right side.

The one question mark I have (based on my own ignorance) is how the ZBS changes that. I know a lot more about the basics of o-line play than the specifics, so maybe there's a reason he won't flourish on the left side in a ZBS, but I just don't know what that would be. I'd assume the basics still apply (best pass protecters left, best run blockers right.

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Asamoah definitely has the skill set to be a dominant LG. He's great in pass protection but doesn't quite have the run blocking you'd like in a RG, but at LG he'd be slightly above average in regards to the run game. No reason not to give it a shot in TC and check out how he looks

Edit: ^What JDaveG said

Also yes the basics still apply, you want your better pass protectors on left. Its mainly cause the D lines up their better rushers to the left for blind pressure, the D won't line them up elsewhere because we run a ZBS. Obviously coordinators shuffle their rushers around but they prefer pressure the QB can't see off the left side of OLine

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Yeah, I can see that. A lot of times people assume a guy is locked at a position because that's what they play. I made the same argument about Alford to safety recently, but it's not because he's a corner and therefore can't play safety. It's because he's tiny and therefore will struggle in run support playing safety, plus he'll have to be able to lay the wood over the middle. But Asamoah's skill set seems to be well suited for the left side. He's really solid in pass protection, and good in run protection, but he's not really a mauler that you want on the right side.

The one question mark I have (based on my own ignorance) is how the ZBS changes that. I know a lot more about the basics of o-line play than the specifics, so maybe there's a reason he won't flourish on the left side in a ZBS, but I just don't know what that would be. I'd assume the basics still apply (best pass protecters left, best run blockers right.

He actually had some struggles in the MBS last year, but hey.

ZBS in the run is all able swift movements, not power. So its really easy to make work if you have good with good movement. Doesn't matter where they go on the lne, just can they block their man in the run.

For the WCO, you don't hold the ball as long in Air Coryell. Its quicker release, shorter drop backs, and a lot of guns.

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