A Look Ahead – 2009 Atlanta Offensive Line

Starters: Sam Baker, Justin Blalock, Todd McClure, Tyson Clabo, Harvey Dahl. 

The starting squad that performed so well in 2008 will enter 2009 together again.  Ask anyone in football the most important thing for an offensive line – they will tell you continuity.  These guys played together in 2008 and will have the benefit of continuing their progress in the off-season.  Baker and Blalock are young talents that could be studs sooner rather than later.  Clabo and Dahl are maulers that showed dramatic improvement in 2008.  They entered the year as rather unknown and ended their campaigns having earned starting spots on the team for the following season.  McClure is the savvy veteran that has a few years left, and tons of ability to continue to make Matt Ryan’s life easier identifying and blocking the opposition’s blitz packages.

Reserves: Quinn Ojinnaka, Garrett Reynolds, Brett Romberg.  The Falcons got deeper on the offensive this offseason, but still lack proven reserves.  Ojinnaka has some playing time under his belt (during the Vick era), while Reynolds (rookie) and Romberg are new to Atlanta for 2009.  Offensive line injuries hurt any team in the NFL, but Atlanta’s fortunes in 2009 could hinge on their health.