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Giants: Falcons OL no longer dirtbags

Postby Pudge » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:59 am ... -1.1219949

NY Giants believe Atlanta Falcons former offensive line coach Paul Boudreau taught team to cut block, but now birds have cleaned up their act

By Ralph Vacchiano / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 13, 2012, 10:36 PM

The Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line came into its playoff game against the Giants in January with a reputation for dirty play. It was so bad that Justin Tuck said, “Most people, you would call them dirt bags.”

Since then the Falcons have fired their offensive line coach and apparently cleaned up their act.

“Definitely,” Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said on Thursday. “They’re not playing the way that they played. They’re just trying to straight up block you. That’s what they’re trying to do. None of that dirty, after the play, all that stuff they were doing last year.”

The Giants believed last season that the Falcons were taught by their offensive line coach, Paul Boudreau, to cut block — a technique defensive players believe endangers their knees. And many defensive players around the league agreed. Boudreau, who was replaced in Atlanta by Pat Hill, is now the offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams.

“I didn’t even know they had a new offensive line coach, but he’s definitely cleaned that up,” Umenyiora said. “I think he’s just more interested in winning and trying to block people than trying to hurt people.”

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Re: Giants: Falcons OL no longer dirtbags

Postby backnblack » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:48 am

Cleaner but less effective? Giants approve!

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Re: Giants: Falcons OL no longer dirtbags

Postby MarylandFalcon1 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:56 am

Agreed BNB :down:
"I am certainly not afraid to have Brian Finneran on the field. Has he ever not made plays? He just makes plays. He is one of those guys that just makes plays. He is dependable."

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Re: Giants: Falcons OL no longer dirtbags

Postby DaveWaz » Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:17 pm

I'm in agreement too, our line isn't as muscular/powerfull as many others in the league. Alas, as someone who was a small lineman myself, I often time would cut guys rather than trying to push them back if I couldn't. It's not always dirty, and it often times is very effective.
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