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What’s Up Down South?

Posted By Dan Rakusan On Mar 25 2013 @ 4:10 pm In Atlanta Falcons | 3 Comments

Now, I can’t profess that the Atlanta Falcons don’t know what they’re doing, but today’s news really took me by surprise!  After 14 years in the NFL, center Todd McClure is calling it a career.  Would I put him at the top of the overall list of players at his position?  Probably not.  But in the top-10 in terms of reliability and durability?  Absolutely yes!

It is scary to imagine, if you’re a Falcons’ fan, that the team may enter the new season without a top center and defensive pass-rusher, but such are the cards we may have been dealt.  Arthur Blank is a shrewd businessman, and a guy who loves his team, so there is hope yet.

Blank, the owner of the team, announced today that McClure will get the team’s “Ring Of Honor”.  I completely agree with that decision, no matter how little that means.

McClure was around to protect Michael Vick with an unorthodox offensive scheme, and has sheltered Matt Ryan throughout his young career.  Add to it the periodic presence of Chris Redman, and clearly you have a center who can rise to the occasion no matter who is behind him.

In attendance at the retirement announcement were Sam Baker, Justin Blalock, Tyson Clabo and of course, Matty Ice.

With this loss, do the Falcons stand any chance to challenge for a Superbowl?  No pass-rush, no Center, and really a lack of identity, other than the ability to come from behind and win some regular season games.  I leave this question to you, the reader, as I simply don’t have the answer.

Until next time,

Na Zdravi!

DR

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