fun gus wrote:
the reason he is the weakest link is because he is playing out of position.Put him at C and this goes away
Wrong. You're making a false assumption, because that only happens if he is as good or if not better than McClure at center.
What happens if Konz comes in, matches or exceeds McClure at center, but Johnson (or whoever) is even worse as a RG? What have you fixed? Nothing.
What happens if Konz comes in, and really struggles, and Johnson is competent at right guard? What have you fixed? Nothing.
What happens if Konz comes in, and really struggles, and Johnson struggles equally as much at right guard? You've discovered a way to get worse.
If you're assuming that Johnson or whoever is replacing Konz at right guard is an upgrade. Which should not be an automatic assumption, but for the sake of argument let's say it does happen because of how bad Konz has been...
Then in order for the offensive line to make any real growth, that requires Konz to be at least as competent if not more competent than McClure is currently at center.
Now I know that is an even easier assumption for you to make because you falsely
believe McClure stinks. But let's say that doesn't happen. Let's say all the info that Konz will now be solely responsible for processing is too much for him. He makes some poor adjustments or has some miscommunications with Ryan on some blitzes and it leads to pressures/sacks that may result in turnovers that can potentially lose games.
But I'm guessing this is just merely an experiment because as you mentioned before what do we have to lose. We can still go back to the old setup in time for the playoffs if need be. That's your mentality.
I'm not going to say such a mentality is wrong. But I don't think the Falcons should be experimenting these last 3 weeks in the hopes of finding some hidden spark that gives them the boost they need to get over the hump in the playoffs.
What that is simply put is a mask of fear and desperation. If the Falcons are in Week 14 and aren't sure they have what it takes to win in the playoffs, then they are royally screwed. And if the Falcons are in that mindset where they're hoping to find some lucky shuffle of players that is going to suddenly propel them to a brand new level, then this season is already over. We're just waiting to be put out of our misery.
As fans, we have the luxury of being/thinking that way. As an organization, not so much...