Atlanta Falcons right guard Wes Schweitzer is controversial. That’s the nicest, simplest way to put it. Many of you are hoping the Falcons draft his replacement in a couple months. But let’s be honest, that will likely require an early round (1st or 2nd) draft pick. I won’t fault the Falcons if they go that route, because protecting their biggest investment, Matthew Thomas Ryan, is a priority. But way back in January, I told you why I think the Falcons may not take such an aggressive approach.
There’s reason to believe in the five men that began 2017 as the starting offensive line. Assuming Andy Levitre bounces back from his triceps injury and doesn’t become a cap casualty, we can expect him to play at replacement level or better. Schweitzer may be the “weak link,” but those in the know felt he was trending in the right direction by the end of the season. According to NFL.com’s Matt Harmon, the offensive line is already pretty solid as is.
The Falcons have done magnificent work to retool their offensive line over the last two offseasons, most notably with the addition of Alex Mack at center [...] Atlanta also provided excellent protection for Matt Ryan, allowing just 188 pressures in 2017. Health played a huge factor in the team’s offensive line success, as only one member of the front five failed to play 16 games.
This is a delicate situation. Levitre won’t be around forever, and Schweitzer was statistically one of the NFL’s worst guards in 2017. Facts are facts. But maybe, just maybe, this isn’t a true crisis.
So what say you, Falcoholics? Is all this offensive line-related doom and gloom an overreaction? Is this really the dire situation many have made it out to be?