"Hey Matt, you're on your own this year."
This is about the last thing we all wanted to hear. Clearly the offensive line was a key area for improvement heading into 2012, and now Matt Ryan's blindside is in jeopardy, again. Sam Baker been pretty Sam Baker-like this preseason, and Lamar Holmes is a rookie. Not really the ideal options to start the season. Here's a fun stat for you:
The loss of Svitek hurts the Falcons badly in pass protection. In 11 starts in 2011 Svitek allowed 31 total pressure, Baker allowed 28 in 6.— ProFootballFocus.com (@PFF) August 20, 2012
Holmes will see extended action this Friday against the Dolphins. The team feels like they were careful enough with him as he recovered from a foot injury early on in the preseason, and this will be a real test to see if he's ready play.
Should the Falcons consider looking elsewhere for help? No free agents have been discussed, but I can't imagine it's entirely out of the question. I know the majority of you are completely against Baker ever even looking at the field, so what do you make of this situation?