This morning Alge and JP from 790 the Zone played an interview they did with former Falcon Todd McClure. I enjoyed his insights and thought you guys would too. Here is a summary of the highlights.
McClure wanted to play another year and did not go out on his own terms. He was asked about the play of the oline and he talked about his own experience and how some guys play football. McClure said it took him three years to understand how to play effectively. He said some guys you have to tell them who to hit or block or what spot to go to on every play. Some guys pick up on how to play and don't need someone to tell them where to be and what to do. The center is usually the guy to do that but McClure said he was the guy who kept Konz et al in check previously. McClure pointed out that if a guy is young and doesn't know what to do on every play along with the situation and then you take his "coach" away he will be lost. He said the young guys will get better after they've played enough snaps.
Crump and McClure are friends and Alge asked Mud Duck to tell the audience what McClure would do on each play. McClure said he would look to the opposing sidelines to see what players were coming in for the defense - basically like sign stealing in baseball. He would remind Ryan about the clock and down situation. He would tell his fellow linemen (if any needed it) where to be and what to do on the play called. Lastly he would call out defensive formations or any switches needed. All in 40 seconds. He said he wasn't good at trigonometry but he knew football.
McClure also talked about life after football and how he's very busy with a farm and raising bulls/cattle and coaching baseball etc.
The interview was terrific. McClure filled in the blank spots as to why Konz may have played so poorly last year. Dimitroff was right when he said the new guard affected Konz's play but for whatever reason he did not tell us the rest of the story so I'm glad McClure did.
I'd like for Dimitroff to be more forthcoming - it would show humility and trust in the fans although he doesn't need to of course. Hopefully, Dimitroff learned that you shouldn't get rid of vets, especially on the oline and expect to not miss a beat when you start two or three men with less than three years' experience. McClure said it just goes to show that you can have all the skills players you want but if your QB doesn't have time to get set then you're going to have a hard time.