The primary reason the Falcons have missed the boat on FA offensive lineman is because of Gibbs. He hates having those elite class players on his lines. He likes the scrub that has fought for everything in his life. I never really understood the logic but I have to imagine Gibbs has a lot of input for O-Line draft picks and FA signees.
some of the bet olines are made up of scrubs
look at the pats line, the closest pick to being a high pick is matt Light and he was a 2nd rounder
playing the O line is about one thing: unity thats it nothing else nothing more the best olines dont function as 5 seperate linemen, but as one well oiled machine,
look at the probowl, there are suppose to be the 5 best linemen in each conference
yet, qbs still get pressure put on them, why???
they dont work shoots together in the burning sun of training camp, they dont work "nelly " or "mary" or otherwise known as the 7 man sled , together during two a days,
having 5 guys bust their ass day in day out together,
THATS what makes a good oline, draft status, or signing bonus makes no difference
building a good oline takes time, if you go in and change two new starters every year,
your oline is going to suck
and suck hard,
people talk about greenbay's oline, or Kc's oline, Greenbay has no first round pick on its line
the Cheifs do have two but they have been in the nfl for 12 years each,
but the reason they are so good is, the cheifs have returned ATLEASTE 4 of the same starters for the past 5 years
the packers had pretty much the same oline for the past 3-4 years
denver has had the same line for close to 3 years
infact of the top 5 lines in the nfl in terms of sacks allowed, there are TWO first round picks ( out of 20 starters) TWO, and save the chargers all have been together ATLEAST
just for reference we are returning 3 starters on the line from the 2002 season
Mcclure ( which I can hear cappy cringing already)
Shaffer is going into his 2nd year asa full time starter
and Leher (wh o is my pick to be starting center in 06)
is brand new, all of this in a totally brand new system which this is only the 2nd preaseason they have worked in it.