Did anyone watch the Jets/Falcons game last night? I was amazed at the run blocking of the Atlanta Falcons offensive line. After Dunn had bust off a few 9 and 10 yard runs, I decided to watch nothing but the Offensive lines run blocking. Why were they running the ball so much better than us? It was almost flawless on many of the runnig plays. A Jets defender always had at least one O-lineman locked on him, and they managed to hold their blocks long enough for Dunn to get through the hole. I could not believe the consistency of their run blocking. You didn't see defenders busting through. You didn't see lineman laying all over the ground after every play. On most plays, lineman actually got to the second level, even the third on some occasions. While most of our lineman (fat bodies) are on the ground at the end of the run, it seemed like the Falcons were able to stay on their feet and get to the second and third levels, often finishing the play still standing. A world of difference to say the least. Then, I noticed ABC went on the highlight the fact that the Falcons offensive line was the lightest offensive line in the NFL. The lightest offensive line since, you guessed it, the Broncos of the the late 90's, early 00's. You know, the line that was considered the best in the NFL for about seven years, which ultimately produced two SuperBowl titles and allowed such great running backs as Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson to rush for more than 1,000 yards. Is this a trend? Maybe there is a reason the same guys who reach the second and third level, finish the play still standing. In great contrast to our line. The 315+lb O-lineman in Dallas who either end up missing blocks, getting blown up, or simply blocking one man and then falling to the ground. Lineman who look like they are ready to fall out by the end of the third quarter. In great contrast. What a novel idea. Lighter/quicker lineman who can reach second and third levels and who are still relatively fresh by games end. Did I mention that Matt Lehr is the Falcons starting LG and on of those guys who is completely dominating the man across from him. Yeah, the same Matt Lehr that we released. They guy couldn't play, right? Too small for us I guess. Too agile. Not big enough to lay all over the field. So, since it has seemed to work for the Broncos so well, and is now working for the Falcons, maybe even better, why hasn't the rest of the NFL followed suit? The NFL is a copycat league isn't it? Teams switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4 everytime one or the other wins the SuperBowl. That takes different players. The West Coast Offense has been copied many times over. It takes the right players as well. Is it personnel. Takes too long to switch to smaller O-lineman? But consider, out of the five starting O-lineman the Falcons have, the highest pick was a fifth round selection, and two were undrafted free agents with a couple of seventh round picks in there. How hard was that? A couple of FA's and one good draft maybe? Do you think Warrick Dunn could come to the Cowboys tomorrow and rush for 155 yards? I bet not. Warrick Dunn was supposed to be at the end of his career when he left Tampa. But, put him behind this bunch, and he looks like the best RB out there. It's a hard trend to follow, I guess. The Falcons will continue running the ball all over the field, as the Cowboys continue to lay all over the field, after every play.