I really disagree with the assessment that Konz has the mental side of the game down.
I made those comments before reviewing the Cardinals game, and it was apparent that the Falcons had a bit more trouble than usual handling the blitz. But for the most part, I think the Falcons have handled the blitz fairly well this year. Mainly it's teams getting overload blitzes, delayed blitzes by the LBs, and missed assignments by the RBs more so than bad line calls.
Well from all your football analysis (and I've said you know a lot; this is your weakest area).
No it doesn't matter for a guard because the tackle is usually going one on one often to the outside in pass blocking. Therefore McClure doesn't really matter to the guard.
McClure never held anyone back; he didn't have any guards to help him. Really its a matter if the center does his job, and either guard gets pushed back that force helps the man over center move slightly right or left and get a bigger rush. It doesn't work the other way around!!
Obviously the best centers in the league won't be hurt as bad; but they won't make him look better. Jeez we really disagree on this to much to accomplish through internet discussion!! You think this is Blalock's best year?? You think Reynolds is doing better than we think?? Ok-We just disagree; it would take years for you to get the offensive line like you know the other positions.
I'll admit upfront I'm all ears on the outside linebackers; because their roles have expanded....so I'm relearning those positions because I've never played them or had friends that played them.... Sombody besides a corner should be stopping these 60 yard runs.
Ps. I throw that in about friends because they always think their position was the hardest!!
This does usually relate to pass protection. It is one on one with run blocking; if the guards will block the right guys.
I will respectfully disagree. Konz's struggles are on him, not because of the guard play. Yes, I do think Blalock is having his best year. But part of it may be in part that he looks better because the rest of the line stinks. But I've seen him do a better blocking, and for once actually have seen him move opposing defenders off the ball, which almost never happened in previous seasons.
And Reynolds is without a doubt the 2nd best blocker we have up front. He's had a few more struggles in recent weeks, but he was fairly solid through the first 3-4 games of the year, and that balances out to still make him our 2nd most effective blocker. DOes that make him good? No, but he's been serviceable to solid for most of the year. His technique has improved significantly, that he's not losing leverage due to his height as much as he did in the past. He still gives too much ground in pass protection, but he compensates in the ground game by consistently getting leverage and occasionally push. One of the problems that was on display vs. Arizona was that he struggled when he was asked to pull.
As for Konz, again, his struggles are his own. He really struggles to block second level defenders and out in space. Lavonte David had a monster game vs. us in Week 6 thanks to several times, Konz whiffed on his block and David was able to get off and make the stop in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage. The 1 screen the Falcons ran to Jackson vs. ARZ was a play where the DT sniffed out the screen immediately, Konz didn't block him and Darnell Dockett stopped Jackson for a 2-yard loss.
He got beat twice on stunts in pass protection vs. ARZ. The first time came in the 2nd quarter where Dockett bowled him over and Konz fell into Blalock as well. Dockett was lined up in a 3-technique over Reynolds, and Campbell in a 3-teechnique outside Blalock. Dockett made a bee-line off the snap and just crushed Konz (who never saw him coming because he was looking at Campbell). Campbell then stunted against Reynolds. Konz then fell into Blalock, while Reynolds was able to stop Campbell, but gave a bit of ground. Dockett was at Ryan's feet, but he was able to complete the pass.
Later in the game in the 4th quarter, the Cards did the exact same thing. Campbell was lined up over Blalock, with Frostee Rucker now over Reynolds. Rucker stunted, as Campbell went straight at Konz. Konz who was looking solely at Rucker, got his earhole knocked back, and Campbell slipped through the A game to get a sack on Ryan on the play after Darius Johnson's catch was ruled a completion.
That's not the play of the guards that is causing him to make those mistakes. That's purely him not keeping his head on a swivel, and twice getting bit by the same stunt in the same game.
I'm not down on Konz, but I don't buy this idea that poor guard play is hurting him. And I certainly don't think it's because I don't quite grasp OL play as well as I should. Especially when I'm watching the All-22. I'm not going to act like I know everything about everything, but if I do have a strength in tape study, IMO it is QB and OL play.