Atlanta Falcons: Baker, Clabo battling in pass protection

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan signals the touchdown for a 7-0 lead over the Denver Broncos after a Michael Turner touchdown during first quarter action iin Monday Night Football at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan signals the touchdown for a 7-0 lead over the Denver Broncos after a Michael Turner touchdown during first quarter action iin Monday Night Football at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons offensive tackles Sam Baker and Tyson Clabo had strong showings against Denver’s Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller, head coach Mike Smith noted.

The Falcons’ offensive line has given up two sacks and nine quarterback hits this season, and Miller had Denver’s only sack.

“Our [offensive] line is pass-protecting extremely well,” Smith said. “Sam Baker is as healthy as he’s ever been. Tyson Clabo was very good in pass protection [against Denver.] Both of those guys had a tough draw.

“Those two guys that they bring off the edge are outstanding pass rushers, and for the most part we felt like we neutralized them.”

With two touchdown passes, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan now has 100 career touchdown passes. He has helped the sack numbers by running more this season. He has six carries for 19 yards against Denver. He had three rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown against Kansas City.

Ryan threw 36 passes without an interception against Denver, extending his franchise-record to 233 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

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32 comments Add your comment

Decon

September 19th, 2012
2:03 pm

They did play a great game both Baker and Clabo and they just faced one of the, if not THE best pass rush they’ll face all season. Of course teams like the Cowboys with Ware, and Giants with Tuck, Pierre Paul, etc can create pressure but Von Miller and Dumervil are tops in the league. Should be a good season if the O-line can hold up like that for the rest of the year.

Decon

September 19th, 2012
2:04 pm

Also, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Ryan doesn’t throw more than 4-5 picks all year. He takes great care of the ball. He won’t turn it over much.

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Surg

September 19th, 2012
2:24 pm

I was THOUROUGHLY impressed by the way they pass blocked…they looked excellent on the Von Miller double teams, he had to work his but off to get one sack…

falCANS

September 19th, 2012
2:37 pm

Great game!!

SirReal

September 19th, 2012
2:37 pm

Gotta give to to Baker….he’s been the brunt of MUCH of my criticism. I still stand by my past comments but he stepped up Monday night and deserves this article that is subliminally trying to sway us to get off his back. (No pun intended…well maybe a little.lol) We’ll see how he holds up against guys like Ware, JPP, etc. If he can at least have a solid showing then I’ll say he’s on an upswing.

falCANS

September 19th, 2012
2:38 pm

Great game!! O line was outstanding…. Only weak link on our team is MLB & Daunte “No Coverage” Robinson.

Samuel

September 19th, 2012
2:50 pm

Kudos To Sam Baker and Tyson Claybo these guys deserve being notice. because we the fans have been hard on them. Also I hope William Moore got the game ball, because he played his ass off all over the field.

Mike Franklin

September 19th, 2012
2:51 pm

No complaints. None… so far, lol.

My only comment would be to try and avoid jetlag, the letdown and having too many brewskees after the big wins.

The Real Falcon

September 19th, 2012
3:12 pm

Now if they can run block, THAT would be really great.

to real

September 19th, 2012
3:20 pm

Great keep matt ryan up right but we gotta run block better put a hat on sum body and open up sum holes

Marcus

September 19th, 2012
3:50 pm

I give them props for keeping M. Ice clean for most of the night, but some of the replays of when Matt got passes off shows Dumervila and V. Miller bull-rushing Baker and Clabo back into the pocket, almost to Matt’s feed. That kinda worried me.

Brian Hunt

September 19th, 2012
4:04 pm

I’m proud of Baker. Hope he keeps playing at a high level.

Justin

September 19th, 2012
4:31 pm

Baker and Clabo played great! It is scary how good Matt Ryan can be with time. One name that is not being mentioned is the new O-Line coach, Pat Hill. The Falcons and the Saints for that matter are showing how important good coaching is in the NFL. I gotta give Mike Smith credit for some GREAT hires in the coaching department.

Rise Up!

September 19th, 2012
4:53 pm

Neuter-lized … that’s what happens to aint’s!

Falcon James

September 19th, 2012
6:06 pm

Baker looks as good as ever. No holding calls is another huge plus. Need to work on opening up holes for whoever is running the ball for us Sunday.

Esquire

September 19th, 2012
6:17 pm

Dang…………..I meant to give shout outs to the protection………especially Baker as he has been dragged thru the dirt here. Great job Slammin Sammy!!

Mikey

September 19th, 2012
7:44 pm

Sam Baker gets it done when he is healthy and I actually appreciate that he did his best to help our team when he was seriously injured; we just didn’t have depth to sustain us. I guess that doesn’t count for much in Atlanta but many of us fans appreciate it. It will also be nice to have a top notch left tackle without blowing our first round pick on one next year. I hope that Sam B. has a career year in 2012 and that it is one of many to come. Great job O-Line! You faced some tough hombres Monday night and won the battle. On top of that, we actually have depth this year in the event of an injury… a luxury that Mike Smith (and Sam Baker) have never had as Falcons. GO O-LINE! GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

Singletary

September 19th, 2012
9:10 pm

Still not a fan in Baker column but not raining on his parade. Clabo has always been solid and stolid. If the O-Line shows me another game like this I am prepared to say mea culpa. Then again, I am always a pushover for amazing D … which we had on Monday night. Hope we pack it and bring it to SD. I have a bunch of Chargers fans here just waiting to lord it over me…

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

September 19th, 2012
9:39 pm

Chargers stadium shouldnt be too much for atlanta to handle especially if they kicked butt in arrowhead i have now worries as long as they stretch that jetlag out after they get off the plane i kno our guys will show up ready to play hard GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!! WHOOOO

Post-it

September 19th, 2012
10:08 pm

Always figured there was a reason that Smith and Dimitroff were standing behind Baker. And I didn’t want to believe it was their pride because of the high draft pick. So far so good!

Eskoballa

September 19th, 2012
10:22 pm

Wonder wut happend to seenthisb4 and his trolling saints fans? LOL they not here cuz theyre embarrased that they 0-2. LOLOLOLOL

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

September 19th, 2012
10:51 pm

Hey check this out saints put mirrors in all their players lockers so they are able to do their makeup better before each game i guess if they are gonna lose they at least wanna look pretty doin it :)

Coach T

September 19th, 2012
11:44 pm

Baker can play.

KQuark

September 20th, 2012
1:55 am

I’ve been tough on Baker but he played a great game at least in pass protection. The Falcons really really miss Dahl and need a real RG. It will make Clabo that much better as well.

KQuark

September 20th, 2012
1:57 am

In Baker’s defense a back injury really is the toughest injury for an OL to have. I just hope his back holds up all season.

North FLA Falcon

September 20th, 2012
9:17 am

Clabo and Baker played well, but Reynolds did not … he had a terrible game … gotta re-evaluate the LG position … get the running game going this week vs SD! Stay out of the strip clubs guys this is a “business trip”!!!

North FLA Falcon

September 20th, 2012
9:17 am

Oops, that would be GR at the RG position …

itmeagain

September 20th, 2012
10:23 am

Baker is no longer the quarterback sack maker! YES!

rollo lawson

September 20th, 2012
10:40 am

Get Reynolds out if there and watch the running game take off.

Barry

September 20th, 2012
3:09 pm

HEY Y’ALL:

THE “PROCESS” FOR OUR 2012 DRIVE TO THE SUPER BOWL IIS STILL EVOLVING INTO SOMETHING REAL “EXPLOSIVE”, HOWEVER, SOME THINGS NEED TO BE TWEEKED ALONG THE WAY. FIRST, THE RUNNING GAME. FOR TWO GAMES THE RUNNING GAME HAS BEEN STAGNANT. IT IS NOT DUE TO THE RUNNING BACKS, BUT THE LINEMEN. THEY ARE NOT MOVING PEOPLE TO OPEN HOLES. REMEMBER, AS A GROUP, THESE ARE THE SAME LINEMEN THAT COULD NOT MOVE AN INCH FOR A FIRST DOWN AGAINST THE SAINTS. AND WE DO REMEMBER WHAT THEY DID AGAINST THE GIANTS. THEY ALMOST COULD NOT MOVE PEOPLE ON THE GOAL LINE AGAINST THE BRONCOS ON MONADAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. IT TOOK THEM 3 DOWNS to MOVE 5 INCHES.. THEY CAN PASS BLOCK BUT THEY CAN’T. RUN BLOCK. WE NEED BIG LINEMEN THAT CAN DO BOTH. THAT IS WHY WE DRAFTED SOME “BIG NASTIES” IN THE DRAFT. IT IS ALMOST THESE ROOKIES TIME TO “SHOW UP” AND “SHOW OUT” IF THESE VETS CONTINUE TO NOT MOVE THE MEN IN FRONT OF THEM ON RUNNING PLAYS, SINCE WE ARE NOT RUNNING MY PREFERENCE “THE ZONE RUN BLOCKING SCHEME”, WE GOT TO GET
PROFESSIONAL LINEMEN THAT ARE PRIMIER AT THAT THEIR GAME IN BOTH RUN AND PASS BLOCKING. IF THE FILMS SHOW SOME OF THE VETS CAN’T DO BOTH, IT’S TIME TO GIVE THE ROOKS A CHANCE. THAT’S THE ONLY WAY WE CAN ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE UP FRONT AND IMPROVE THE PaSSING AND THE RUNNING GAME. WE NEED TO REVIEW AND FIX THIS IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”.

GO FALCONS. THE “PROCESS” CONTINUES.

“FALCONS,RISE UP!! WE”RISE UP!” IN ONE HEARTBEAT!!!

SSSSSSSSSHHHHHH!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN.TELLL EVERYBODY! !!

……………”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!……

JONESBORO SLIM

September 20th, 2012
4:24 pm

Somebody or anybody tell me (1) where was Ray Edwards Monday night (2) that QB sack in the Denver game was Ryan’s fault…Reynolds had Vonn contained… Ryan ran the wrong way………..