Falcons’ offensive line still settling in
The Jets have a defensive lineup starring Sheldrick Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis which can be a handful for the Falcons. Same goes for linebackers David Harris, Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace and DeMario Davis.
Much was predicted from the Falcons but they have failed to deliver according to expectations. The problem is very much visible at the offensive lineup which is not blocking well. This can be a problem for the Falcons as they face the Jets because they rely heavily on their rushing tactics, something they are good at too.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith said “The front seven is the strength of their team. They have four first-round draft choices in that front seven.”
The team chemistry for the Falcons is still coming together as left guard Justin Blalock happens to be the single offensive lineman from the previous season who still plays where he was last season. He along with the rest of the team are working together to get accustomed to each other and learning how to work together. They are modifying their old strategies though. The New York Jets coach Ryan Rex said that the Falcons have shifted gameplay more towards rushing and are passing more.
“It takes time to get used to how certain people react to certain situations. They might (make) a different call perhaps,” the offensive guard said. “Things like that you have to iron out, and it does take time, unfortunately.
He said that practice was necessary to establish teamwork.
“You can get an idea from watching film but no matter how much you watch . . . it’s a little bit different when you go out there,” he finished.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is doing fine though. He is rated third for passing yardage, standing at 317 yards per game. He has only been sacked seven times so far.
“That’s the way it’s been up to this point. We’ve done some things getting the ball out fairly quickly. We’ve been pretty effective,” he said. We haven’t scored as much as we’d like to. We’ve gone against some good front sevens, and when you do that you have to get the ball out.”
It seems that the Falcons need more time to work on their teamwork to become more effective and learn from each other, which can only be achieved by practice and games, both of which will be plenty in the coming time.