Playoff Performers

By: Daniel Cox | January 11th, 2011

The Falcons are relatively new to the national stage and with leaders like third-year quarterback Matt Ryan at the helm, the assumption that this year’s No. 1 seed is a young team, bursting with wide-eyed young players.

But the reality is that general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith have assembled a roster of young players who began playing valuable minutes as rookies and veterans who have more than a few years of playoff experience. The equation has been a good one this season as the Falcons have relied on the enthusiasm and youth of the young guys and the leadership and savvy of the veterans.

Of the 53 players on the roster, 29 of them were on the roster in 2008 when the Falcons last went to the playoffs, including 16 of the team’s current starters. There are six additional players currently on the roster that weren’t with the Falcons in ’08, but have been on playoff teams in their careers.

Todd McClure, the Falcons’ current Ironman, holder of the franchise’s current starts streak, has been on Atlanta’s last three playoff teams, dating back to 2002. The center was a starter on the offensive lines on those…

By Daniel Cox.
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