The Atlanta Falcons zeroed in on right guard Brandon Fusco early in free agency. In Fusco they have a capable right guard, which to be frank, is a vast improvement. Despite his endorsement of Wes Schweitzer, general manager Thomas Dimitroff diagnosed the problem, then promptly went and got us the best bandaid money could buy.
Looking ahead, the interior offensive line consists of a 31 (going on 32) year old Andy Levitre, Destroyer of Worlds Alex Mack, and Fusco. Backing up that trio are fan favorite Ben Garland, Schweitzer, and Sean Harlow. In short, the Falcons are one untimely injury away from the same uncertainty that occasionally plagued the offensive line in 2017.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve repeatedly endorsed last year’s offensive line. They played exceptionally well as a unit the vast majority of the time. And I’m not alone. Multiple outlets have called the Falcons’ 2017 offensive line one of the league’s best. But that said, at their worst, they were less than ideal, and a lot of that had to do with depth. That begs an important question or two: are they done? Are they really done?
The Falcons have only limited options moving forward. And to be frank, this is more about depth and looking towards the future than it is about an immediate, pressing need. The Falcons could use their first or second round picks on an offensive guard, but where does that leave the defensive line? If they were to burn an early round pick on an offensive guard, there’s sure to be some backlash.
Where do you stand on this, Falcoholics? Are the Falcons done “fixing” their offensive line, at least until next offseason? Or is there still work to be done before the 2018 season kicks off in September? Discuss!