The expiration has come, so this is just a quick new topic to beat it before the longer, more in-depth post is finished. This one’s simple, but also could lead to some debate. Who’s the most important Falcons on offense for you?
You can make the list to fit whatever criteria you want. You can list the 5 best players that mean the most in 2012 or who are the most important to long-term success. You can list the top 5 who will lead to better passing offense or list the top 5 who can lead to a playoff win. Completely up to you and there are no rules or set criteria for your lists. So with that in mind, here goes The Cage’s take………..
An obvious no-brainer here. Perhaps the best thing to happen to ever happen to the Atlanta Falcons franchise. The consummate leader, hard worker, and captain of the team. The former 1st round pick has won rookie of the year, made the Pro Bowl, led the team to it’s best 4 year run in history, and seems destined for glory. However, he’s yet to win a playoff game (as almost every writer that covers the Falcons has written ad infinitum). Simply put, the Falcons will rise or fall with #2.
Many may disagree and this really is more about the long-term future, but Jones has the biggest potential to blow up the league as we all think he will with so many weapons currently around him. He’s made the majority of fans forget “the trade” with his superior ability, great work ethic, and outstanding attitude.
Again, many may disagree here, but Blalock is the most versatile and most proven linemen on the Falcons OL. He’s started as many games as any other linemen currently on the OL, has the most experience, and provides the biggest anchor for the Birds going forward. Peter Konz is a rookie, McClure is on the verge of retirement, Clabo has already hit the 30 age wall, and we know the deal at left tackle. Some were upset with Dahl being let go over Blalock, but he’s quietly been the best and most consistent Falcons lineman the last four years.
White has been the All-Pro the last 3-4 years. He’s been one of the best receivers in the league. There’s no questioning his ability and the fact that he’s reached the pinnacle of his career. He seems to have accepted a leadership role more with his recent comments. It’s impossible imagining what the Falcons would have been without Roddy the last 4 years. Problem is that he’s already over the 30 hump and his high drops have shown it. Still, if the Falcons will hoist the Lombardi, White has to be a part of it.
It’s a crapshoot for the 5th spot. One could argue that the Falcons will go nowhere without Michael Turner barreling through the line, although powerball seems to have left town somewhat. Another argument could have Tony Gonzalez in the top 5, but in terms of 2013, he’s hanging it up. Some could even argue that guys like Peter Konz, Jacquizz Rodgers, or even Harry Douglas makes sense here.
Tyson Clabo takes the spot. He earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2010 and was signed to a subsequent deal essentially making him a Falcon for life. He had a dip last year, but who wouldn’t with the human turnstile experiment at right guard. He is 30, but offensive lineman also have a longer lifespan than skill positions do, at least traditionally. He’s played guard and tackle and offers one of the best hopes of stabilizing a good-to-great OL the next 3-4 years.
-Roll out your top 5 with arguments for each.
New, more in-depth post coming very soon….