Last season, the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line earned a reputation among some in the league as being dirty. When asked if anything about their play had changed in the time since, New York Giants defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora said that he had noticed a difference.
"They're not playing the way that they played," Umenyiora said. "They're just trying to straight up block you; that's what they're trying to do. None of that dirty, after-the-play stuff they were doing last year."
Paul Boudreau, who coached the Falcons' offensive line from 2008 through last season, was replaced in the offseason by Pat Hill; Umenyiora said he thought that was the reason for the change in the way the line is playing. Boudreau is now the offensive line coach for the St. Louis Rams.
The Falcons host the Giants on Sunday in a battle of first place teams. Atlanta has already clinched the NFC South.