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Umenyiora: Falcons OL not as dirty as it used to be

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Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora didn’t know Pat Hill was the Falcons new offensive line coach. But he said he could tell from watching tape things were different.

Some accused the Falcons blockers of dirty play last year, and after other teams accused them of cheap tactics, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck admitted the Falcons had a reputation for being “dirt bags.”

But apparently, no more.

“Definitely,” Umenyiora said when asked if the Falcons were playing differently, via Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-LedgerThey’re not playing the way that they played. They’re just trying to straight up block you; that’s what they’re trying to do.

“None of that dirty, after-the-play stuff they were doing last year.”

Hill replaced Paul Boudreau, a longtime NFL assistant. And regardless the intent, the Falcons line has improved in terms of pass protection this year, although their run-blocking doesn’t look as good (though that’s a function of an aging Michael Turner as well).

But they’re doing it within the rules of fair play, according to Umenyiora.

“I didn’t even know they had a new offensive line coach so he’s definitely cleaned that up,” Umenyiora said. “I think he’s more interested in winning and blocking people than trying to hurt people.”

Boudreau doesn’t have a reputation as a head-hunter within the league, and what Umenyiora’s seeing may just be a function of having more guys on their feet and executing blocks instead of flailing as the Falcons so often did last year, when injuries left them with an odd lot of blockers weekly.

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6 Responses to “Umenyiora: Falcons OL not as dirty as it used to be”
  1. gochargersgo says: Dec 14, 2012 8:27 AM

    Umenyiora: “Please dont hurt me. In return I wont bother trying to defend the run.”

  2. bkh405 says: Dec 14, 2012 8:36 AM

    Boudreau should get some sort of position coach of the year award dor his work in STL this year. He repurposed Wayne Hunter and managed to keep the line functional with all kinds of scrap parts after a rash of injuries early on.

    The dude is a miracle worker IMO.

  3. kane337 says: Dec 14, 2012 8:39 AM

    The Falcons Oline wasn’t even dirty last year. Not sure what they have been watching.

  4. petehemlock says: Dec 14, 2012 8:53 AM

    And people say the Jets talk too much. Even in praising the Falcons he’s whining about them. It’s every week with this bunch. Giants coaches, Giants players. They might be Giants but they’re definitely not the bigger man.

  5. nickmiller63 says: Dec 14, 2012 12:14 PM

    If Harvey Dahl was still there last year, he’s “what they have been watching.”

  6. cootschaos says: Dec 14, 2012 11:20 PM

    Harvey Dahl is the difference. He is a top 5 dirtiest player in the game… hated to see him go.

    Tyson Clabo is no Saint though.

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