A Look At The Falcons Depth Chart, 2008-2012

FLOWERY BRANCH GA - JULY 30: John Abraham #55 of the Atlanta Falcons runs drills during opening day of training camp on July 30 2010 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

I thought it might be interesting, as we check out the team's first unofficial depth chart, to look back on the team's depth charts while the Smitty/Comrade tandem has been in charge.

Rather than look at all the reserves and the intrigue that was generated in previous years--you can only talk about third tight ends for so long before your eyes cross--I wanted to take a moment to look at who has been atop the depth chart for the four years of the Mike Smith era. To quality, these dudes also have to top the list on this year's unofficial depth chart.

After the jump, a closer look at those who have managed to remain starters for four-going-on-five seasons with our Atlanta Falcons.

QB Matt Ryan
RB Michael Turner
WR Roddy White
LT Sam Baker
LG Justin Blalock
C Todd McClure
RT Tyson Clabo
DE John Abraham
DT Jonathan Babineaux

What's ultimately interesting about this list is how much of the offense has stayed stable, while the defense has morphed almost completely. That's seven offensive starters who have made it through and only two on the defense. Given the lack of turnover on the offensive side of the ball, you have to assume the Falcons are putting a lot of stock in the new coaching staff.

I found it interesting, regardless. What are your thoughts?

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