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Old 06-28-2004   #1
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Default Cut Blocks: dirty football?

It says alot about their coach when they practice cut blocks and won't use them against their own team because they don't wan't to injure their own players.
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Offensive line adjusts to Gibbs' aggressive style

For all the preaching that offensive line coach Alex Gibbs has done in recent months, the most tangible application of his teaching won't come for another six weeks or so, or about eight days after the Falcons begin training camp.

Then, on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 5-6, when the Falcons practice with the Titans in Nashville, the linemen will working on the cut blocks -- blocks below the knees -- in which Gibbs believes.

"You can't even practice it in training camp; you don't want to hurt your own players," said guard/center Roberto Garza . "You do drills, but really preseason games are when you get into that stuff. I'm sure we'll get some of it when we work with the Titans [including an Aug. 7 scrimmage]."

It has taken no time at all to see what Gibbs is all about.

"I think from day one we knew what we were in for," Garza said. "He's not going to accept mediocre anything. He wants guys who are going to listen, and get the job done every play. We're going to be in attack mode from the start. We're going to be in your face, and beat you down until you don't want to play any more."

New camp schedule coming

Coach Jim Mora changed the reporting date for training camp from July 28 to July 27. The first practice will be Wednesday, July 28. For the most part, the Falcons will alternate between one practice a day and two. The 9 a.m./3 p.m. practice routine of recent years will be gone.

A typical two-day sequence: Day one -- practice at 8:45 a.m., lunch, afternoon meetings, dinner, practice at 7:15 p.m., and evening meetings; Day two -- breakfast, meetings, practice at 2:45, dinner and evening meetings.

"It is sort unique. My dad did it [while coaching the Colts]," Mora said. "Dom Capers does it [with the Texans]. I talked to him recently and he said he'd never go back to another schedule.

"You get two meals and a meeting between each practice. Players get more recovery time, and they're more reinforced."
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