Hill Expects O-Line to Earn Reputation

Hill Expects O-Line to Earn Reputation

Jay Adams

Published June 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

It wasn’t too long ago when the Falcons offensive line was in the spotlight of the biggest game of the year. While the group of guys that make up the unit prefer to keep a low profile, one of the best defensive ends in the game spoke up about them and it wasn’t pretty.

It was right before the Falcons were set to play the New York Giants in the wildcard round of the NFC playoffs when Giants defensive end Justin Tuck did an interview with ESPN New York, during which he said most people would call the Falcons’ front five “dirtbags.”

New Falcons offensive line coach Pat Hill doesn’t know much about all that, nor does he care. He does expect his offensive line to earn a reputation around the league: The hardest playing group of five guys around.

Here’s Hill’s full quote on the subject:

“I just say two words. I want them to ‘play hard.’ I don’t talk about being nasty, I don’t talk about being dirty; I want them to play hard. You play from snap to whistle and you play with great fundamentals. I’m not into being dirty. I’m not into being cheap. I’m into great fundamentals, and when that ball is snapped, you play until the whistle blows and you go back, you shake that play off and do it again. That’s all I care about. I want to play hard, and playing hard to me means great fundamentals and playing as hard as you can within the rules of the game. I don’t want a reputation of being nasty or anything like that. What I want to do, as a coach, when people look at your team or your position, the guys you work with, I want people to be able to say, ‘They play hard.’ I don’t want them to be saying, ‘Well, those guys are dirty’ or ‘Those guys are cheap.’ I want them to say, ‘That team plays very, very hard. That unit plays very, very hard.’ … When that ball is snapped, I want to knock people off the ball. I want to play with good fundamentals. When the play is over, I get back to the huddle. I’m not talking; I’m working. That’s all I want to do is work.”

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