The Atlanta Falcons‘ season is over with a disappointing 4-12 overall record after finishing 13-3 just last season. While most people are quick to point out the horrendous offensive line performance that was highlighted by the nine sacks given up in their season finale, Roddy White has a different perspective that is the complete opposite.
While there is no question that the Falcons’ offensive line struggled in almost every facet of the game, the Pro Bowl receiver White not only voiced his support of hiring Mike Tice as the new offensive line coach, but he also vouched for a line that was heavily criticized as being the Achilles heel for the Falcons this past year. White tweeted:
“Mike Tice will make a tremendous difference for our Oline when we get bake (Sam Baker) back we will be fine that’s the same line that won 13 games.”
It is no secret that the Falcons have dealt with multiple injuries to key players. The offensive line was decimated with injuries all over the place which began with Mike Johnson having a season-ending dislocated left-ankle and fibula fracture in practice. After Johnson, Sam Baker was lost for the year as the coach Mike Smith tried several different personnel to help spark anything to revive his offensive line.
Instead, Smith was reshuffling his line as if it was a deck of cards and hoping to find some combination that would help the Falcons survive just a bit longer. With only Justin Blalock being their most efficient linemen, even he struggled mightily against elite defensive teams.
Losing Tyson Clabo last year to the Miami Dolphins really clamped the Falcons as they lost one of their best lineman two years straight to free agency. Although Tice has some talent on the roster, it is going to be a huge challenge to help this team become better tougher.
White believes that through either the NFL Draft or free agency, the Falcons will be able to select a player that is needed and fits their teams need overall. Despite that, White continues to have faith that once the line is back and healthy it will be just fine.
Despite their awful season, White believes that the Falcons will be back better and stronger than before. Tice will have his work cut out for him, but then again, this is what Tice loves to do.