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Falcons O-linemen take pride in being physical

Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:18 pm
T. Clabo and his teammates laughed off accusations that they're dirtbags (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

There has been talk this year that the Falcons offensive line plays dirty. In fact, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck recently made his feelings known, implying Atlanta’s linemen were dirtbags.

Tuck isn’t the only one. This year alone, the Packers and the Lions also have accused the Falcons of dirty play, and Detroit* defensive end Cliff Avril said, “You watch film of Atlanta's O-line and they're 20, 30 yards down the field cutting guys. You're running toward the pile and they're trying to clean you up.”

*Man, if the Lions are calling your team dirty, that’s not a great sign.

So, Atlanta tackle Will Svitek: are you a dirtbag?

“That’s his point of view,” Svitek said, via the NY Post. “If he views us as cheap, then so be it. We’re going to do what we do. We take pride in being physical. You don’t want to be viewed as soft. We’re always going to be there, and we want them to know we’re there.”

The biggest problem opponents have with Atlanta is its cut-blocking theory. As in, cut-blocking is completely cool. And cut-blocking is legal**. But it’s almost never appreciated by the player being cut-blocked. This is also an issue, by the way, the Texans offensive line is criticized about, and for many years, the Broncos with Mike Shanahan as head coach had the same reputation.

**This is an interesting look at the legality of cut-blocking and the history of it.

“We cut like everybody else,” Svitik said. “That’s not illegal, and we don’t get fined. We’re not trying to hurt anybody. Diving at people’s legs is just part of the game. It’s not done in a cheap way.”

As the Post points out, the referees haven’t seen the Falcons as dirty this year. They’ve only been whistled for one personal foul and just seven holding penalties in 1,073 snaps. That’s actually pretty incredible.

But as long as Svitek is being called a dirtbag, he feels like maybe he should make some money off it.

“I’ve been called worse,” he said. “I’m going to have to find the Wikipedia definition of ‘dirtbag.’ Maybe look it up on I’ve joked that maybe we should print up T-shirts and brand it, maybe make some money with [the size of] the New York market.”

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Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:04 pm

Falcons O-linemen take pride in being physical

Kubbie The Giants will be Meat in the playoffs. , they might beat atlanta but i doubt it and the following week they will lose by at least 20 points wether at new orleans or green bay

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:02 pm

Falcons O-linemen take pride in being physical

so if the Falcons are dirty ,what do you call the Giants ,Lions and Steelers ? Lol like the Pot calling the kettle black , giants just looking to get some Phantom calls in the wild card games ..that 's all that is

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:33 pm

Falcons O-linemen take pride in being physical

Sealedthey better get physical this week in the playoffs. the giants rightnow are the team you dont want to meat in the playoffs. that beast jacobs and bradshaw are a very good one two runnging game punch. their  defense always seems capable of a good game, they just dont always do it. manning  is now the qb that can win the game for you, it seems funny to me, the way the ny fans are always, sometime during the year, clammoring for the team to get rid of the coach. then they sneak into the playoffs, go quite a ways and he has the job again next year. they are smart to realize  manning must like caughlin.  san diego was smart to keep their coach. da bears to get rid of martz. unless the 60 year old owner can go out there do a better job at qb (haha), it is best to keep the star players happy. i am the boss, doesnt put many games in the win column.

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