On the hot seat: The Falcons’ offensive line vs. the Eagles

081612 ATLANTA: Falcons 14 year veteran center Todd McClure leads the team on to the field to play the Bengals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

081612 ATLANTA: Falcons 14 year veteran center Todd McClure leads the team on to the field to play the Bengals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons’ offensive line will be on the hot seat against the Eagles.

In last season’s matchup, right defensive end Trent Cole, left defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and left defensive end Jason Babin turned in four sacks and six quarterbacks hits against the Falcons.

Jenkins had two sacks and two quarterbacks hits. Cole and Babin had a sack and two quarterback hits each. Right defensive tackle Derek Landri rounds out the starting line.

The trio is off to a slow start this season. Babin has 2.5 sacks, Cole 1.5 and Jenkins has none, but Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said they are all playing at a high level despite not having a sack over their past three games.

“More than any team that we play, they are two deep on their (defensive) line, and they play their second unit more than most teams,” Koetter said. “They do a good job of keeping their guys fresh, and their second unit is extremely talented as well.”

The backup ends are Brandon Graham and Darryl Tapp. The backup tackles are Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton.

“They’ve got a first-round draft pick (Graham) in their second wave,” Koetter said. “They are comparable to a hockey line. They just roll the next group in there. They have four or five very capable defensive ends.”

Jenkins appears to be the key player to stop for Falcons center Todd McClure and right guard Garrett Reynolds.

“I don’t think he has a sack to date, but you just would not know it from watching the tape,” Koetter said.

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8 comments Add your comment

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 27th, 2012
7:45 pm

Our o line needs to hold up hopefully that much needed rest has shored them up, we gonna need them all at the tops of their game. Gonna be a good game but it will be decided in the trenches, if the o line holds up we will dominate this game.

Greg

October 27th, 2012
8:00 pm

D-Led: you are right on it. This is the most important factor in this game. Look for Ryan to take three step drops when he’s under center and get the ball out QUICKLY. When he’s in the shotgun, look for draws, and for screens (remember at the beginning of the season how we were going to use screens a lot more? what happened to that?). If they don’t put a corner or safety on Gonzalez (if they try to use LBs) look for quick slants and hooks to him. The emphasis will be on quick, quick, quick.

The Real Falcon

October 27th, 2012
8:04 pm

Have to agree. We see where we really stand Sunday.
Go Falcons!

The Real Falcon

October 27th, 2012
8:05 pm

The question is who starts at RG if Reynolds can’t go?

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 27th, 2012
10:00 pm

Peter konz should start if reynolds cant but im confidents reynolds will play but id like to see konz start personally

Samuel

October 28th, 2012
2:11 am

I think it’s time for the O-line to show up big. Mean and nasty Go Falcons!!

Blue Flame

October 28th, 2012
11:08 am

Hope Falcons use no huddle more so Eagles can’t substitute on D-Line as much as they want.

Still Gritz Blitz'n

October 28th, 2012
4:20 pm

Well; It all is good, Atl 30 Philly 17; Atl 7 – 0