The Atlanta Falcons offensive line was known for taking their mantra of dirty birds to new heights. The Atlanta o-line was known for nasty cut blocks, eye gouging, and other nasty forms of play.
Justin Tuck once referred to the group as “dirt bags” in describing their play.
The Falcons did not retain Paul Boudreau as offensive line coach, and hired Pat Hill, the former head football coach at Fresno State.
Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora didn’t notice the change in line coach, but according to the Star-Ledger he has noticed a change.
“Definitely,” Umenyiora said when asked if they’re playing differently. “They’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.”
“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.”