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NY Giants believe Atlanta Falcons former offensive line coach Paul Boudreau taught team to cut block, but now birds have cleaned up their act
By Ralph Vacchiano / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 13, 2012, 10:36 PM
The Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line came into its playoff game against the Giants in January with a reputation for dirty play. It was so bad that Justin Tuck said, “Most people, you would call them dirt bags.”
Since then the Falcons have fired their offensive line coach and apparently cleaned up their act.
“Definitely,” Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said on Thursday. “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, all that stuff they were doing last year.”
The Giants believed last season that the Falcons were taught by their offensive line coach, Paul Boudreau, to cut block — a technique defensive players believe endangers their knees. And many defensive players around the league agreed. Boudreau, who was replaced in Atlanta by Pat Hill, is now the offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams.
“I didn’t even know they had a new offensive line coach, but he’s definitely cleaned that up,” Umenyiora said. “I think he’s just more interested in winning and trying to block people than trying to hurt people.”
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