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Mike Tice: Falcons’ O-line “won’t be punked over by anybody”


The toughness of the Falcons’ offensive line has been questioned often in the last year, most notably by owner Arthur Blank, who said he was bothered when none of the Falcons’ offensive linemen reacted to a hit on quarterback Matt Ryan. This year, Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice says his unit’s toughness won’t be in question.

Tice approved of the way his linemen went after defensive players who hit Ryan during the preseason, and he said opposing defenses had better know there will be no free shots at the Falcons’ quarterback this year.

“The one thing they won’t be, they won’t be punked over by anybody,” Tice said of his line, via ESPN. “That’s encouraging.”

The Falcons’ offensive line may be tougher, but it remains to be seen whether the Falcons’ offensive line will be better. The loss of left tackle Sam Baker will force Atlanta to start rookie Jake Matthews at left tackle this season, which means an unproven player is protecting Ryan’s blind side. The Falcons’ offensive line may not “be punked over,” but they still may struggle against good pass rushers.

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53 Responses to “Mike Tice: Falcons’ O-line “won’t be punked over by anybody””
  1. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Sep 1, 2014 8:52 AM

    Oh yes they will.

  2. floratiotime says: Sep 1, 2014 8:52 AM

    True. However they may very well be beaten by opposing defenses. No one will punk them though. That’s something.

  3. bucsorbust says: Sep 1, 2014 8:54 AM

    If the O line is tough the QB wouldn’t be getting hit anyway. Just sayin’.

  4. kepickle says: Sep 1, 2014 8:55 AM

    lol Panthers DL thinks Different

  5. lgbarn says: Sep 1, 2014 8:55 AM

    GMC will own that line…mark it down

  6. datdude84 says: Sep 1, 2014 9:08 AM

    I think matthews is going to be a stud. It was a very good pick by the falcons. Mike Tice is a solid coach. He brings toughness. Unfortunatly for him and the Falcons they have close to the worst offensive and defensive lines in all of football. This team is the complete opposite of tough and they will get beat up in the trenches. Badly.

  7. Anthony Kennerson says: Sep 1, 2014 9:12 AM

    Being tough is no substitute for being good. We’ll see exactly how good the Falcons really are starting this Sunday against the Saints. Junior Galette’s already collecting his bodybags.

  8. bigdinla says: Sep 1, 2014 9:12 AM

    Quit talking and do it. Falcons need to quit telling everyone that they are tough and show it on the field.

  9. 2manyconcussions says: Sep 1, 2014 9:17 AM

    I see Tice is setting himself up for a jump back to Head Coach.

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 1, 2014 9:22 AM

    The Texans defensive line led by Clowney and Watts punked them over pretty good recently.

    I think this macho talk is coming from the owner calling out players for not having Ryans’s back on a late hit last year.

  11. ausernamethatisavailable says: Sep 1, 2014 9:23 AM

    3 pretty good defensive lines in the NFC south they have to face. Ryan/jones/white is pretty good combo. Being able to protect Ryan will be the difference between 10-6 and 6-10.

  12. salmen76 says: Sep 1, 2014 9:26 AM

    Falcons are all talk. Geaux Saints!

  13. intelligent cement says: Sep 1, 2014 9:27 AM

    ‘Won’t be pinked by anybody’. They will be turned around by everybody, however. Repeatedly.

  14. pervyspankspackfans says: Sep 1, 2014 9:34 AM

    Typical Tice tough guy talk. Wait until week 4 when you come up to Minnesota. I think Zimmer has a little something for you!

  15. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Sep 1, 2014 9:35 AM

    This team is soft. Stop lying to yourself.

  16. kaakwha says: Sep 1, 2014 9:36 AM

    Tice is a joke. Duh!

  17. RegisHawk says: Sep 1, 2014 9:36 AM

    Or else what? He’d kiss his sister?

  18. tampabayirish says: Sep 1, 2014 9:39 AM

    You tell them Coach Meat Head.

  19. bumper4hire says: Sep 1, 2014 9:45 AM

    I can see plenty of penalties this sunday and future sundays if they react when matty ice is on his back .3rd and 10 is better than 3rd and 25,I hope they make a point of reacting this sunday til they learn to pick up matty ice off the turf and go on to the next play

  20. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Sep 1, 2014 9:47 AM

    This line is so weak Ashton Kutcher could punk them!

  21. GBwomenrhot says: Sep 1, 2014 9:56 AM

    Hey Mike, isn’t it about time for ‘another Boat Trip’?

  22. luz56 says: Sep 1, 2014 9:58 AM

    Ah Mike Tice….. Whose teams were completely out of control …don’t forget about the Korey Stringer incident

  23. nawlinssaints1956 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:07 AM

    Mike Tice and Mike Smith in ATL; this is going to be a fun season in the NFC South…

  24. bucmanaz says: Sep 1, 2014 10:10 AM

    Gerald McCoy!

  25. kissmyconverse says: Sep 1, 2014 10:14 AM

    They still play Carolina right?

  26. beckzhere says: Sep 1, 2014 10:15 AM

    We will find out in 6 days.

  27. flexx91 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:17 AM

    Until this upcoming Sunday says Cameron Jordan and Junior Gallette.

  28. winninaintsinnin says: Sep 1, 2014 10:21 AM

    Yes they will.

  29. hobby53963 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:28 AM

    Like your o line in chicago meathead?

  30. 2difshoe says: Sep 1, 2014 10:36 AM

    Tices’ forte as coach, not so much.
    Has he ever been good at coaching ?

    Not so much in Minnesota as head coach, 32-33, and as the offensive/O line coordinator of the Bears, complete bust, his offensive let more D linemen in than Black Friday a Best Buy !

    This guys doesn’t even wear a mask when he robs his employer, good work if you can get it guess.

    Have fun Atlanta.

  31. urbusted2 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:41 AM

    Does Tice still sell tickets in the parking area?

  32. slick50ks says: Sep 1, 2014 10:46 AM

    I take it Asamoah isn’t starting? The only thing tough about him is pronouncing his name.

  33. wtfru2 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:48 AM

    And if they are good, each of em gets a Super Bowl ticket to scalp!

  34. codythao35 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:51 AM

    But you been punk when coaching the Vikings.

  35. rl79111 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:53 AM

    Mike Tice is in the top 3 for worst coaches in the history of the NFL…probably the worst coach, I don’t know how someone pays this guy a salary to be in the NFL. Sorry Falcons, but you’re screwed!

  36. bcajun says: Sep 1, 2014 11:04 AM

    Just face it…Saints are going all the way this year!!!

  37. rolltide510 says: Sep 1, 2014 11:14 AM

    I’ve never seen a team so fired up about the personal fouls they plan on getting after they’re beat for sacks.

  38. jackers252 says: Sep 1, 2014 11:42 AM

    Can’t teach tough – Kenny Vaccarro

  39. bassplucker says: Sep 1, 2014 12:05 PM

    Mike Tice’s tenure with the Bears should have pretty much dealt the death blow to his credibility as an NFL coach. To be honest, after those disastrous years in Chicago I’m amazed anyone hired him again.

  40. bassplucker says: Sep 1, 2014 12:08 PM

    And BTW Tice’s O-Lines in Chicago never stood up for their QBs either.

  41. fmc651 says: Sep 1, 2014 12:24 PM

    After watching Hard Knocks I understand why the Falcons underachieve. That coaching staff is not impressive at all. Starting with the HC on down.

  42. samoanjungle says: Sep 1, 2014 12:25 PM

    Week 2 they are going to be in Cincinnati facing one of the best D-Lines in the NFL. I will be there screaming “Punks” if Geno and the boys plant Ryan.

  43. jacobslatter says: Sep 1, 2014 12:32 PM

    When I think tough I don’t think Gabe Carimi…

  44. gammynomnom says: Sep 1, 2014 12:47 PM

    ll that
    s going to happen are the Falcons take on his hothead temperment and get a lot of penalties.The team already has enough mouth and not enough backbone and now all they are getting is more mouth.Remember when the Giants got 7 sacks in one half against one of his O lines? lol.

  45. crawfish2011 says: Sep 1, 2014 12:55 PM

    Junior Galette thinks differently. I hope that rookie left tackle is ready for the stunts and zone blitzes that he will see.

  46. judsonjr says: Sep 1, 2014 1:19 PM

    The recipe for Mike Tice O-lines:

    – Give up 6 or 7 sacks a game for the first half of the season
    – “Improve” to 4 sacks a game
    – Have the media say what a great job Tice did to “turn things around”

  47. bucsorbust says: Sep 1, 2014 1:27 PM

    What, wanna scrap because Matt Ryan gets hit?

    Go for it. The 15 yard back-up for personal foul is always welcome.

  48. erik40133 says: Sep 1, 2014 1:39 PM

    Go scalp more tickets. Coaching nobody.

  49. claymatthewshairplugs says: Sep 1, 2014 1:51 PM

    Twice said the same thing about the horrible Jamarcus Webb and frank omiyale and they still got plunked every week

  50. feelnsavage says: Sep 1, 2014 2:05 PM

    Greg Hardy gonna smack that line around….Like he smacks his chicks lol

  51. salimthadream20 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:42 PM

    As a Falcons fan, the off-line is very much improved. However I won’t speak about tough until after Sunday. As a matter of fact I’m more worried about keeping Matt Ryan on his feet throwing the ball than being tough…

  52. bobulated says: Sep 1, 2014 11:56 PM

    Matthews for Baker is an immediate and possibly huge improvement while the acquisition of Asamoah also vastly improves what was a black hole last year at RG. It remains to be seen if Tice has been able to coach up Lamar Holmes although he has looked much better in the games that don’t count.
    So are they the best OL in the division? Probably not, but they’re probably much better than they were last year. If Tice turns this group around he deserves to be in the running for the new assistant coach of the year award the AP will be giving out.

  53. mattryansnoodlearm says: Sep 3, 2014 9:31 PM

    Turd birds are as soft as baby poo

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