Although the Atlanta Falcons‘ offensive line allowed Matt Ryan to be sacked only twice, one of those sacks came in the red zone that forced the Dirty Birds to settle for a cheap field goal.
The big guys up front have been a question mark all throughout preseason, and the concerns continue to only get bigger with each passing game. Of the two sacks allowed, Lamar Holmes allowed Ryan to be sacked in the red zone as he was out-maneuvered by the defense of the New England Patriots. The other sack was by center Peter Konz.
Before the game, left tackle Sam Baker, who is one of the Falcons’ best linemen, was questionable due to a nagging injury he suffered earlier. Baker started nevertheless, but struggled mightily as he left the game with an injury and was flagged for two penalties before his exit.
While the left side of the line continues to be the strength, the right side continues to be a huge issue as Holmes and Garrett Reynolds continue to struggle with the transition from college to the NFL. The most disappointing has been Holmes, who was supposed to be a rising player.
Instead of Holmes cementing his starting position at right tackle, he was later replaced by the veteran Jeremy Trueblood, who was picked up to add depth to a thin offensive line. With Holmes struggling, the Falcons need to find help either in a trade or in free agency to shore up their line.
With games against the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers still on their schedule, unless they want Ryan to be pummeled to death, they will need so send out an SOS as soon as possible, and they need to do it now while the season is still young.