Countdown to Training Camp: DAY 6 — Offensive Line

Tyson Clabo (right), Harvey Dahl and Todd McClure are back to anchor the offensive line. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Tyson Clabo (right), Harvey Dahl and Todd McClure are back to anchor the offensive line. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Birdland – We are just five days away from the opening of the training camp.

Each morning in the “COUNTDOWN TO TRAINING CAMP 2010“  we’ll take a quick look at a position group.  The players report for camp on Thursday. They will hit the field for the first practice at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Flowery Branch facilities.

We’ve already looked at the defensive line, linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties.

The offensive line is up today.

THE REALLY BIG QUESTION: Can Harvey Dahl bounce back from his ankle injury and continue to improve?

Center Todd McClure is back for his 12th season and will continue to anchor this unit.

McClure has started 128 consecutive games, which is tied for a team record.

Guard Harvey Dahl and tackle Tyson Clabo are expected to anchor the right side again. Dahl missed five games last season. About a week after the season, he went to Charlotte to see a specialist and had surgery to repair his right ankle.

Guard Justin Blalock and tackle Sam Baker are back to man the left side of the line.

The unit continued to protect the quarterback well, giving up only 27 sacks last season.

Over the last two drafts, the Falcons have attempted to add to the depth by selecting Garrett Reynolds, Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley.

FIVE GOALS FOR THE OFENSIVE LINE IN 2010

Tyson Clabo has started in 53 straight games.

Tyson Clabo has started in 53 straight games.

1. Do a better job against 3-4 fronts, especially when run blocking.

2. Get a better push in short yardage situations.

3. Maintain a high level of pass blocking.

4. Maintain the ability to maul in the run game and increase pancake count.

5. Do a better job blocking in space on screens and sweeps.

Here’s a look at the offensive line:

Sam Baker: Made 14 starts last season despite playing with a bad elbow.

Will Svitek: Started two games and played well at left tackle.

Justin Blalock: Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season.

Mike Johnson: A third round pick with Alabama, who appears to have a huge upside.

Todd McClure: The glue of the unit.

Brett Romberg: A veteran, who could be pushed by some of the young talent.

Joe Hawley: A fourth round draft pick, who can provide depth at guard and center.

Harvey Dahl: Started 11 games last season and has a reputation for blocking until he hears the whistle.

Quinn Ojinnaka: Has provided depth, but will be suspended for one game if he makes the final 53-man roster.

Jose Valdez: Was on the practice squad last season.

Tyson Clabo: Has started 53 straight games.

Garrett Reynolds: Got some valuable playing time late last season.

Blake Schlueter: A former 7th round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2009, played at Texas Christian.

Rob Bruggeman: The former Iowa linemen spent last season on the practice squad.

Date, Practice Times (public availability)

Friday, July 30 — Practice 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public).

Saturday, July 31 — Practice 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public).

Sunday, August 1 — Practice 9:35 – 10:30 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:55 p.m. (open to the public).

Monday, August 2 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Tuesday, August 3 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Wednesday, August 4 — Practice 1:30 – 3:40 p.m. (open to the public).

Thursday, August 5 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Friday, August 6 — Practice 10:15 – 11:55 a.m. (open to the public)

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Team Scrimmage at North Gwinnett High School – 7:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 7 — Mock Game at Flowery Branch – 12:00 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 8 — No Practice.

Monday, August 9 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH JACKSONVILLE.

Tuesday, August 10 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH JACKSONVILLE.

Wednesday, August 11 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Thursday, August 12 — Practice 8:50 – 10:55 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. (closed to the public).

Friday, August 13 — Preseason Week 1 vs. Kansas City 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 14 –No Practice.

Sunday, August 15 — Practice 9:30 – 11:35 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public).

Monday, August 16 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Tuesday, August 17 — Practice 8:30 – 10:55 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH NEW ENGLAND.

Wednesday, August 18 — Practice 10:15 – 11:35 a.m. (closed to public).

Thursday, August 19 — Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.

Friday, August 20 — No Practice.

Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)

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94 comments Add your comment

GregKennesaw

July 24th, 2010
7:19 am

Sit Blalock, start Johnson in his spot

robertussen

July 24th, 2010
8:11 am

i hear the pats dont want logan mankins(sp?) anymore. any chance he comes to atl? then we can sit blalock and use him for depth.

robertussen

July 24th, 2010
8:12 am

or is that too expensive

The Real Falcon

July 24th, 2010
8:19 am

Been playing Blalock out of position since he arrived.
Baker is a bust.

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SeenThisB4

July 24th, 2010
8:25 am

Giving up 27 sacks is protecting the QB well? That’s almost 2 sacks a game. I guess it’s good when mediocrity is the accepted standard.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 24th, 2010
8:25 am

Wort keeping an eye on the Mankins situation. Dimitroff compared Joe Hawley to Mankins.

[...] D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution breaks down the Atlanta Falcons offensive line. [...]

Paddy

July 24th, 2010
8:29 am

Well the anti-left side of the line fan club just reported in, we can all go back to bed now! WOW, negative bunch just waiting to punch holes in Smitty’s team. Try another sport guys!

robertussen

July 24th, 2010
8:32 am

you know whats funny (not trying to pick on you the real falcon) but ive bben reading all of these articles leading up to camp, and a lot of people have been saying player are “out of position”. i was unaware that all of you guys are coaches and know where our players need to be at to help us win. again not a knock at you the real falcon, its just ive read this all week about different players and where they should be. but if we do get mankins, blalock will be out of position in the starting line up. i think the bench will be good until someone gets winded.

i saw brent grimes

July 24th, 2010
8:51 am

blaylock is a solid player. otherwise he wouldn’t have started 16 games 2 years in a row. this is a solid o-line and will only get better. mike johnson is a beast and will easily supplant the backup T role. and the 20something sacks isn’t that bad. matty ice took FOREVER to make a lot of throws last year that lead to many sacks. he’s got to get rid of the ball faster. take away at least 10 sacks just because of that and it shows this o-line is VERY good.

SeenThisB4

July 24th, 2010
9:04 am

That’s a good point about the QB sacks.

But, even if you do assign those sacks to the QB, it leaves 17 sacks assigned to the line, 17. That is not something to boast about, either. The standard of excellence in protecting the QB is Zero Sacks per game. Now, you can say I’m dreaming, but that should be the goal. Not that I care how often Matt Ryan gets hit, since I’m Drew Brees fan. But, I bet if you ask Smith how often he would like to see Ryan sacked this year, I bet his number is going to be closer to zero than 27, (assuming he gives a number, which he wouldn’t).

truth

July 24th, 2010
9:09 am

Hey B4! I tell ya man you get disrespected all over cyber-space. We have decided you should change your name seeing so many people think you are a total loser, I and the Viking fans have decided to call you……SeenThisLoserB4. Got them windows boarded yet?

truth

July 24th, 2010
9:09 am

Oh………..

GEAUX FALCONS!!

i saw brent grimes

July 24th, 2010
9:10 am

ummm, thats an obvious conclusion seenthisb4, but it’s not realistic. the best ’sack’ stats in the league involve o-lines that have been together forever and a quarterback who goes through his progressions faster than everybody else and gets rid of the ball.

ofcourse mike smith would say 0, but how many sacks did your saints have last year? all qb’s get sacked. the question is how many times? my only point is, our o-line got penalized with a moderate number of sacks allowed because matty ice, in the attempt to improve over his freshman year (and i do not fault him for it), went through more progressions and took longer to unload the ball. i’m sure this is in large part due to mularkey adding more wrinkles into the playbook, as he should do.

i guarentee this year, matty ice will not make near the amount of mistakes he made during his ’sophomore slump’. and if last year was a slump for him, we’re gonna be just fine…

SeenThisB4

July 24th, 2010
9:20 am

Hey truth: You can call me whatever you want, doesn’t bother me. I’ve gone toe to toe with some of the very best posters all over this country, and held my own very well. The viking posters are no where near as knowledgeable and insightful about football as fans from other cities, believe it or not the Detroit lions fan base are at the top of the list. I was really surprised by their debating ability. There are always smart alecks at every site, including yourself, but you pale in comparison to some of the cave dwellers in places like philadelphia and pittsburgh. Seriously, you’re okay, compared to some of those foul mouthed eagle fans, they are truely ugly. LOL!

I decided to blow off boarding the windows, since the storm hasn’t intensified any. I hope that doesn’t come back to bite me.

I’m looking forward to DOL’s breakdown of the falcant QBs and WRs, he might do the QBs for Sunday.

truth

July 24th, 2010
9:25 am

Maaaannnnnn……..I read some of those “toe to toe” blogs you are speaking of, come on man! Look, I really don’t care if you come on here or not and would love to talk REAL football, problem is when we as Falcon fans are in discussion about our team you always have some stupid remark. And you want “intellegent football conversation.”

SeenThisB4

July 24th, 2010
9:27 am

isbg: I think Brees got dumped 20 times last year, 13 times the year before. Not a good trend, and most of them can be attributed to Jermon Bushrod being thrown in to play for Jammal Brown the whole year, even so, still unacceptable.

Paddy

July 24th, 2010
9:56 am

B4…so you went toe to toe with the best posters! Impressive, I must say. Great resume material.

Oregon Falcon

July 24th, 2010
10:14 am

That ain’t nothing guys, you should try going toe to toe with my wife. Formidable opponent. I have learned some basic football skills, like how to run the 20 yard garage dash, and use the couch for living room blocks.

Just kidding around, go Falcons.

CPat16

July 24th, 2010
10:16 am

ok, back to Falcons football…….just looked at the Pats roster but didnt see Mankins on it? hmm…well if we can get him for a year that would give Mike Johnson someone to work under and eventually start next season. If we get Mankins (IF being key word here) than out OL looks pretty good.

LT-Baker/Switek
LG-Mankins/Johnson
C-McClure/Hawley
RG-Dahl/Blalock
RT-Clabo/Reynolds

Some of these players can be moved around since coach likes them to play multiple positions.

truth

July 24th, 2010
10:25 am

CPat16, I’m down with that.

CPat16

July 24th, 2010
10:49 am

Thanks truth…didnt get a chance to write on other parts of the team, but here goes:

CORNERBACKS:

Right-Dunta/ Grimes
Left-Owens/ Williams
Nickel-Jackson/Grimes/Walker

Dominique Franks- Kick/Punt Return

Ken Strickland

July 24th, 2010
10:54 am

SEENTHISB4-Are you putting your foot in you mouth again? Why would you make an issue of us giving up 27 sacks last yr, when your beloved AINTS gave up TWENTY SIX(26)? I think you and your follow AINTS com padres are having fun on these Falcon blogs now rather than later. Why, because you know there’s a very big likelihood that your beloved AINTS will end up getting such a butt whipping when we meet in gm 3, they’ll feel like they’ve just encountered the 2nd coming of KATRINA.

When healthy, our OFF is just as effective as the AINTS, but far more balanced. Our OFF strength, our ability to run the ball, is you DEF’s biggest weakness, and you’ve done absolutely nothing to improve that problem. Our DEF, on the other hand, we have addressed and improved every area of weakness from last yr.

Unlike the AINTS, we won’t require career, or near career, performances from a bunch of 8-16yr veteran players just to end up as the NFL’s 25th ranked DEF. YOUR ENTIRE OFF AND DEF, AS WELL AS THE FATE OF YOUR ENTIRE TEAM, IS TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON THE FATE OF ONE PLAYER, QB DBREES. We’ve proven we can still be effective and competitive, even with the eventual Super Bowl champions, without our starting QB, RB, LT, RG, DT and both CB’s.

ToccoaBird

July 24th, 2010
11:05 am

Our prayers go out to the Cowher family

SeenThisB4

July 24th, 2010
11:38 am

Ken: No, didn’t I say that the Saints sack number was unacceptable? I don’t know if that “20″ sack number is correct though, I believe they had 20 sacks, but the 26 may include the post season totals. Even still, Kenneth, 26 sacks over 19 games is better than 27 sacks over 16 games.

You may be correct that the Saints haven’t done much to improve the run defense, I won’t disagree, on the other hand, your team has not shown much improvement on offense. So, if your offense hasn’t marketly improved, and neither has our defense, and we have won the overwhelming majority of the last few games, what’s going to be any different this year? Let me guess, you think you’re defense is going to stop our offense! Yeah, uh-huh. Sorry, but we differ in opinion there.

you bet.

July 24th, 2010
11:51 am

Rather than get Samuel Jackson, Why not get MV7? No matter how much the press tries to drag his name through the mud we wont forget,no matter whose toes Vick stepped on. GOT MV7?

FCUK THE FALCONS AND THEIR SCRUB QUARTERBACK AND 2XSCRUB OWNER!

Jeff

July 24th, 2010
12:02 pm

“We’ve already looked at the defensive line, linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties.”

This sentence needs hyperlinks! :D

Jeff

July 24th, 2010
12:04 pm

Also, caption for the first photo should read from left.

Mr Charlie

July 24th, 2010
12:42 pm

Falcons were 8th in the league in giving up sacks. Interestingly, only New Orleans ranked higher in the NFC, all the others were AFC teams.

They were 5th in 2008.

They were 11th in QB hits. So Ryan got rid of the ball better than the average QB.

“Baker is a bust”, “Matty too slow getting rid of the ball”

Where to you morons come from? I am guessing you are products of the Atlanta school system.

truth

July 24th, 2010
12:50 pm

DLed, the idiots have came tp play. You bet your bottom charlie they have.

FalconsFan284

July 24th, 2010
1:10 pm

ToccoaBird—–Amen!

SeenthisB4—-I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t brag about posting on every team’s blog. To me, it shows something more than troublesome for you. I mean, most people brag about their families, their work or something they do that is extraordinary while you brag about inciting across the country. Have you ever heard the term, Anti Social Personality Disorder? I’m no doctor, and I’m not saying that you sufer from this disorder, however anyone who’s claim to internal fame is trying to start arguments over a subject, that you show little knowledge of, isn’t what most people would consider “normal.” For instance, your preface that a line which surrenders 27 sacks is nothing to brag about. If we were really to analize what you said the first question a rational person would ask is, “What is good?”
For argument sake, let’s say that anything that puts a team in the top 25% of the league is good. By giving up 27 sacks last season the Atlanta Falcons were the eigth highest ranked team out of the 32 teams in the NFL. That is exacty 25%! The Saints, to their credit, ranked fourth, which is by all standards exceptional! So, lets take it a step further and add in qb hits. Atlanta had 67 hit on their qb. If you looked at this number, with no understanding of the NFL, you would say that sounds like a lot of hits. However, the Falcons were tied for the ninth fewest hits. Yes, that is just outside of the top 25% of the league but it’s not bad.
You would be better off explaining why the Saints O-line is one of the best in the NFL instead of attempting to say that the Falcons line is poor. It shows me that you don’t really know very much about football. What I would suggest is for you to read more and argue less. Perhaps, even finding a job could get you out of the funk you’re in. What I mean by that is, arguing is not a lifestyle, it’s a choice made by people that don’t understand an issue. If, you should ever, choose to discuss a topic with facts and understanding then I will look forward to reading your responses. However, I am not hopeful in your ability to do that. Perhaps, next time, we can touch on a subject that Ken brought up and, that is, the fact that the Atlanta Falcons are the fourth youngest team in the NFL. So, you have a good chance of watching us kick the Saints around for the next decade!

Chop Buster

July 24th, 2010
1:35 pm

I must admit I haven’t paid particular attention to the weak links on our OL. I do know that I am of the same mindset as Smitty in we need more consistency from every position on the team. Our run blocking wasn’t as good last year and they need to give Ryan more trust in them so he isn’t as anxious to get the ball out of his hand–prematurely.

SeenThisB4

July 24th, 2010
2:22 pm

Falconfan284: When did I claim any fame? You were correct, you are no doctor and don’t know what you’re talking about. Your entire football verbiage is equally wrong and moot. Top 25%?! Being 8th or 9th out of a field of 32 is “marginal”. I stand by my initial statement, that giving up 27 sacks over the course of a single regular season is mediocre, and nothing to beam about. If you and your falcant beatwriter are happy with those numbers, that’s fine with me. I criticize the Saints for every sack on Brees. You guys give the falcants a pass, and say 27 sacks is good.I call that lackadaisical attitude a disorder too, known as the H9N7 disease.

And last year, the Saints were one of the oldest, if not THE oldest team in the league, and they still kicked your youngsters butts. And here’s some insight on your knowledge of football, I guarantee you that your falcants don’t have more than 1 player on this roster, that were on the roster a decade ago.

JTH

July 24th, 2010
2:26 pm

I do not envy any football players having to practice in this heat.

[...] The Falcons need a healthy G Harvey Dahl to get the most out of their offensive line. [...]

I.MUS WRITE

July 24th, 2010
2:59 pm

JHT- There well compensated professional athletes, I’d play in hells kitchen for that type of money.

I.MUS WRITE

July 24th, 2010
2:59 pm

Chop Buster

July 24th, 2010
3:23 pm

I.MUS WRITE…you actually meant “They’re” as in They are well compensated… Not that I’m an English teacher or anything.

FalconsFan284

July 24th, 2010
3:43 pm

Seen—-Comical as your assessments are, it furthers my point about you. You really don’t know a thing about football and you have a personality disorder. Perhaps the Saints D can chip in and buy you one. While they’re at it, perhaps they could buy one for themselves.
I’m glad you brought up the age of the New Orleans players. They were the third oldest team in the league last season and for whatever reason you think that is a good thing. What it tells me is that the Saints haven’t been able to develop young players to replace some of their aging veterans. It also means that their window for winning is closer to being completely shut. Their is some youth along the O-line, corner and at wideout but the rest of the team is at or close to the age where play really falls off. When I was saying that the Falcons were a young team, you took it as a bad thing, but it is really a sign of long term health and stability. Try thinking of the Pats and Colts when I say long term health and stability.
The Saints have been good for exactly ONE year! They remind me more of the Cardinals then Colts or Pats. You should know, the Cards had a good O-line but shaky defense and aging players. Sound familiar to you?
Giving up 27 sacks in a season is more than respectable. The average for the NFL, last season, was 36! As I said previously, ranking in the top 8 is not average or poor. Do you realize what you sound like by saying that it is? You obviously have a huge problem with reading comprehension as well as your myriad of other issues. No one, myself included, has given the Falcons a pass. In fact, the article explains areas where the Falcons must improve with their linemen. The article mentions improvement in both the run and pass. That is unless you don’t know what a screen pass or sweep are. Perhaps you can point out where Dled or myself have said there was no area for improvement? If this is the best you have then there is really no need to go toe to toe with you. I’d easily knock you out in the first minute of the first round!
To answer your one question. There are two Falcons on this roster that were in Atlanta for the last 10 years. They are Todd McClure and Brian Finneran!
BTW, when you are proud of trying to argue with players from every team you are trying to bring attention to yourself. Hence the phrase “claim to fame.”
Exactly how do you criticize the Saints for every sack given up? Do you write the team? Do you call each of the O-linemen personally and give them your assessment? Can you provide evidence of the 20 times you criticized the Saints for giving up sacks last season? Do you really have so little to do, in your life, that every time there is a sack you have to write how poor the Saints line was, on that play? Do you do the same when they are called for a penalty? Going by your premise that having zero sacks is the only thing acceptable then having zero penalties should be the only acceptable thing for your team as well. Do you give them a pass on penalties? What about incomplete passes? Or drives that don’t end in the end zone? What about giving up a touchdown? I imagine that every Saints game is only good if the Saints win 255-0, intercept every pass from the opposing team, score on every offensive play, never have an incomplete pass, or negative run, never commit a penalty or give up a sack. Sure, it’s not very realistic because the other team’s players are doing their best to stop all of that and still sack Drew Brees but, in your world, that should never happen! Well, that’s enough of the fantasy trip to Seen’s world! I prefer reality!

FalconsFan284

July 24th, 2010
3:48 pm

Seen—I meant every team’s fans, not players.

hiramsaint

July 24th, 2010
3:58 pm

oh my goodness- k.s. has passed the torch to 284 for long winded spiels on a blog that bores eveyone after the first 5 sentencs. get to the point man. you hate the saints . we’re o.k. with that but don’t come off with these dilusional reasons why.- you hate us because we have a better fan base than you . we have better coaching than you. we have a better TEAM than you. you may have hof t.e.’s and matty slush and dunta the dredlock but we have a team -not individuals. we got it right and the falcants have not. we’ve been a superior team to you for 4 yrs .and will continue so this year.

hiramsaint

July 24th, 2010
4:16 pm

284- you wrote at the END of your 1st essay that arguing is a choice made by people that don’t understand an issue then followed it with 57 lines of ramblings. maybe you should aim that laser of perception at yourself. the reality is we beat you twice and won the big game while your sorry team sat on the sofa and watched. imention that because at the end of your 2nd essay you said you prefer reality. now live with it and stop being a bore

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

July 24th, 2010
4:37 pm

I am not trying to dog out our O-Line but I was not impressed with their overall performance last year (27 sacks!!!) so I am hoping that there will be a huge improvement in their protection of the QB/RBs and their overall performance this year. If you compare the amount of time that Brees and Manning, even Flacco had last year to look down field and get rid of the football, the Falcons O-Line fell way short. The sacks could have been significantly higher if Ryan had not been running for his life and throwing the ball out of bounds.

Again, I am hoping that they can greatly improve this year even if it means giving more playing time to the back-ups.

truth

July 24th, 2010
4:48 pm

284…SeenThatLoserB4 and Ramhim, I mean Hiram can’t handle real facts nor the truth. I would hate to know I went to every team sight and prove to the nation that the aints fans are idiots. You should google his blog name as he stated on another blog, the guy truly looks like an idiot all across the nation.

Give it up for SeenThisLoserB4…….the nations most well known IDIOT!!! Hip hip horray hip hip horray!!

GEAUX FALCONS!!

SeenThisB4

July 24th, 2010
4:58 pm

Hiramsaint: I like my posts to be “Remember Shots”. LOL! Judging from the whinning from truth, Kenneth, and Falconfan284, I’ve landed some devasting blows lately. LOL!

Falconfan284: Are you a female? Be truthful. It is a female trait to never stop yapping and asking a million questions.

So, you have two guys that have been with the team 10 years. Which means, more than likely, 10 years from now, none of your youngsters on this year’s roster will be on that roster. So, your statement that the falcants will be kicking the Saints around for 10 years, is completely baseless. Besides, right after Katrina, we were one of the youngest teams in the NFL, and went to one of the oldest in 4 years. That might happen to you guys too, but bottom line is the Saints have been kicking falcant butt ever since 2006 and it has little to do with age. We no longer have some of the oldest players from last year, Brunel, Carney, Grant, and Fujita and my guess is some of the other older veterans (Gay, Jason Kyle, Evans, Prioleau) are on the bubble due to the draft picks.

Everything else in your rambling isn’t really worth responding to.

Pi$$onaDawg

July 24th, 2010
5:01 pm

hiramsaint why don’t you move to NOLA. It ain’t full of water no more na dhalf the black trash. You will love it.

SeenThisB4

July 24th, 2010
5:02 pm

truth: I gotta say, you are well on your way to becoming my number 1 fan. Thanks for the recognition!

Paddy O

July 24th, 2010
5:05 pm

b4- you always in utopia? HOw many times did you vote for Obama? Tell me please, how many teams met your standard of no sacks per game last year? Idealistic standards only get you fired from your managers job, and reduces your credibility to zero.

waynester

July 24th, 2010
5:13 pm

Sick& Tired
Mike Smith likes to move guys around and cross-train. Hopefully, that’ll start paying off this year helping us to keep guys fresh into the late quarters when they really need to dominate. Keeping Ryan unhurried is the key for us as he continues to mature this season, learning to trust the new OLinemen going forward, as several of the guys up front this year are liable to be replaced next season. I’m sure Smith would love it if Johnson, Hawley and Reynolds could become the mainstays on our line for years to come and that Baker will step his play up to match his high draft number. I’m hoping it’s just been a long learning curve for Blaylock and this’ll be the year for him to become dominant. If most of those things don’t happen, we could be in for some frazzled nerves worried about Ryan’s health down the stretch.