Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.
I caught up with Falcons right tackle Tyson Clabo for a few minutes after a recent practice. Here is what he had to say about the progress of the offensive line and what changes there might be in store with the new offensive scheme.
Q. It’s early in training camp, but how is the offensive line progressing?
A. We are making process and that’s really what camp is all about. Young guys are coming along and that is good to see because it’s hard. The speed of the game is tremendously different than anything they’ve seen in the past. And the young guys, so far, have improved every day. You can see they are getting faster but they are not out of control. It’s a weird thing to say but the faster you play, the slower you move. It’s weird to say that way but your mind isn’t spinning so you are not out of control trying to go too fast. I’ve noticed that every day they get a little better. Offensively, we are progressing as I hoped we would.
Q. Is the unit still feeling any heat after last season?
A. No. Heat, from who? That’s really the thing. I think that our team believes in us. I think that our staff believes in us. I think that is all that really matters.
Q. How do you look at the team drafting two lineman?
A. Isn’t that what really, really creates improvement? Competition. Obviously we want to improve. If you have a really strong competition, everybody wants to win that competition, so they are going to do everything in their power to improve and come out on top of that.
Q. Does anything change for the offensive line with a new coordinator and scheme?
A. For us, there are some things but it’s not like a complete overhaul. Especially for the older guys, it’s been a smoother transition to doing some things a little differently.
Q. Any tangible example you can give?
A. Honestly, it’s just how we count things. We walk up and we are going to call this guy the mike, we are going to call this guy this. It’s just little things that the average observer isn’t going to notice.
We are calling the same run play that we had. They are the same run plays that everybody in the NFL has. They didn’t come in and invent this brand new run scheme that nobody has ever seen before. It’s the same type of blocks. It’s the same type of runs. It’s the same thing everybody else does. We are not re-inventing the wheel.
- Chris Vivlamore
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