slider Posted April 23, 2020 Share Posted April 23, 2020 I posted this in another thread but since it's a pet peeve of mine and a topic that might be good to discuss while waiting for the draft to begin I started a new topic. IN 1977 The Falcons had what could be called the most dominant defense in NFL history. During this time period the size of defensive lineman relative to offensive lineman was very close to the same. I'll use the Falcons O-lineman as a reference here but even the biggest o-lines (Redskins) were in the 280's. 1977 Atlanta Falcons Offensive Line: LT Brent Adams - 6'5 256 LG Dave Scott - 6'4 276 C Jeff Van Note - 6'2 247 RG R.C. Thielman - 6'4 255 RT Warren Bryant - 6'6 273 1977 Atlanta Falcons Defensive Line: LDE: Claude Humphrey - 6'4 252 LDT: Jim Bailey - 6'4 253 RDT Mike Lewis - 6'4 261 RDE Jeff Merrow - 6'4 236 I couldn't imagine a 200 pounder playing on the defensive line but in order to replicate the current day differential in weights between the lineman that's what would've been playing DE back then. I think it's time to get back to some bigger DE's. The DT's have stayed relatively large but the DE's have gone way too small in my opinion. Da_Truth 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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