Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The "Chop" Block

From ESPN.com
Don’t think for a second that the Falcons’ offensive line is bothered by all the talk that it has become a dirty unit under OL coach Alex Gibbs. Gibbs is a big believer in the cut block, in which an offensive lineman tries to knock a defender off his feet by diving at his legs. Cut blocks can lead to knee injuries for opposing defensive linemen, but head coach Jim Mora insists that Gibbs doesn’t send his guys into battle with the intent of injuring anyone. However, we’re told the Falcons’ linemen are enjoying their growing reputation because they believe they will have an easier time controlling opponents if the D-line is intimidated by their methods.