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About 2 years ago I made this post about Center being the most important position on the Offensive Line. Given the recent events of this season. I feel it's relevant to revisit this debate. I am curious as to if anyone's opinion has changed.

EDIT:Fixed the links

http://boards.atlantafalcons.com/topic/3995956-what-is-the-most-important-position-on-the-offensive-line/page-1

So I have been doing a bit of research on ways that the Falcons could fix the offensive line. I know a lot of people are clamoring for a Franchise LT in draft or FA, but after doing a bit of searching, that may not be the avenue that would be best. Looking at the state of the oline this season was a tough to watch, as I saw them get mauled and beaten at every turn. They had flashes of being solid, right before burning out and dying. During the research process, I started noticing the emphasis of the interior lineman, most noticeably the center, was becoming the most important position on the line. As of right now I think the two positions that need to be fixed first would be Center and Right Guard. Here are a few articles I found while researching.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/10/23/left-tackles-overvalued/3170721/

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap2000000099838/Is-left-tackle-still-the-most-important-O-line-position

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/ol

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--left-tackle-in-the-nfl-is-gradually-become-a-less-valued-position.html

https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/04/29/examining-pressure-are-left-tackles-overvalued/

http://mmqb.si.com/2013/10/30/nfl-offensive-tackles-rethinking-the-blind-side-and-position-value/

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Basically, you are right. It's too bad our FO and coaching staffs (I include Smitty's) have not understood how important a Center is.

I agree. I think the lack of focus on the C can be attributed to the other areas we needed to work on. This past draft I wanted us to go after Grasu and the year before that I wanted us to go after Stork. There's talent to be found via draft time, especially in the C position where it seems to be undervalued.

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I disagreed. The chitshow at center is obviously my fault. Sorry guys. Bring Mack to atl to finish out ryans career!

Ben Jones if that option doesn't work

I knew it was you lol.

I would love to have Mack come in. I also think we need a solid back up for him to groom as well. I didn't realize this but Mike Matthews maybe in the 2016 draft. Can you imagine having two Matthews on the Offensive Line?

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IMO the most important position on any offensive line is the position occupied by the worst player.

Here was my answer from the linked thread:

I'm of the opinion that there really isnt a "most important" position on the OL. The game isnt that simple anymore. Teams don't focus their pass rush on the edge anymore...they go after the weak point in the line. A rise in the level of QB play has made interior pressure more important than edge pressure....because more QBs are capable of stepping up to avoid edge pressure.

So the answer to the most important offensive lineman on any given line is likely "the worst starter"

NICE.

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How do you guys feel about Zach Martin's brother on the inside? I honestly haven't watched his film yet and an wondering if anybody has seen him play.

Been looking at him. His pass blocking seems pretty good. He maybe able to play the LG position as well. Great versatility. So Far I like the blood line aspect of him and Mike Matthews. We could double dig, kick Martin to LG and place Matthews at C.

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give us a name Bobby Digital. Who do you want to man the Center position for the Falcons?

Mike Matthews, Jack Allen, Max Turek. Haven't fully looked into all the centers this year but the draft is the way to go. The FA market is a bit underwhelming in terms of centers. Cost will outweigh production.

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Mike Matthews, Jack Allen, Max Turek. Haven't fully looked into all the centers this year but the draft is the way to go. The FA market is a bit underwhelming in terms of centers. Cost will outweigh production.

Will any of those rooks be able to come in Day#1 and make a difference? Because we need immediate help. I am fine with bringing in a center of the future but we got to cix this ship now.

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Will any of those rooks be able to come in Day#1 and make a difference? Because we need immediate help. I am fine with bringing in a center of the future but we got to cix this ship now.

Honestly I think Matthews could. Great blood line son of a HOFer brother of a current Falcon. With his family knowledge plus the addition of extra motivation and tutelage from his brother. I think h can make an immediate impact.

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