FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey defended the offensive line’s style of play.
New York’s Justin Tuck called the Falcons “dirtbags” on Monday and noted their “reputation.”
Earlier this season, defensive linemen from Green Bay and Detroit have made allegations against the Falcons’ offensive line.
When asked if the linemen were clean, Mularkey said, “Absolutely.”
The Falcons contend that they are physical and that they block, hit, push and shove until they hear the whistle stop blowing.
Mularkey clearly takes umbrage with the allegations.
“We thrive on doing things right,” Mularkey said. “We thrive on playing physical. We’ve been doing that for four years. Nothing is ever preached beyond the whistle. Ever.”
The Falcons offensive line was cited by John Madden as one of the best in the league last season. They have undergone some change with the lost of Harvey Dahl in free agency and with Will Svitek taking over for Sam Baker at left tackle.
“We are really disciplined,” Mularkey said. “We try to be one of the least penalized teams and offenses in the NFL. We’ve done a good job for the most part. We’ve had some spurts where we had some bad penalties, but it’s really, really important for us to don’t hurt ourselves with penalties such as that. It’s addressed all of the time.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog