The Falcons cut guard Matt Lehr. It was far from an unexpected move. Lehr was the player most likely to suffer in the change in offensive philosophy under new coach Bobby Petrino. Petrino stressed bring in a power-oriented offense, that featured more size and physical play up front, as opposed to the blocking schemes employed by the Falcons under Jim Mora, where blocking guru Alex Gibbs preferred smaller, quicker players for his zone-blocking scheme.
Lehr’s departure opens a hole at left guard now. Tyson Clabo could fill in for him. Clabo started 10 games last year, most of which came as replacement for Kynan Forney at right guard. But he did start in place of Lehr versus the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7, which was the first game that Lehr missed due to a midseason four-game suspension.
The team visited with Seattle Seahawks guard Floyd Womack on Saturday. Womack played left guard mostly for the Seahawks in 2006, but has experience starting at all line positions except center during his six-year NFL career. Dolphins guard Toniu Fonoti is also a guard that the Falcons have expressed interest in.
The timing of Lehr’s release may indicate that the Falcons are close to signing his potential replacement.
The Falcons also released long snapper Gavin Tarquinio. Tarquinio, an undrafted rookie last year missed the entire season due to injury.