FLOWERY BRANCH — The battle for the starting right guard position will rage on for a while, head coach Dan Quinn confirmed, once again, Tuesday after Day 5 of training camp at the Atlanta Falcons’ training facility.
The final decision, whether Ben Garland and Wes Schweitzer wins, will be made after careful examination on a number of different criteria.
“Just when you think somebody is making a move, we’re going to take it all the way through and make sure we’re getting the pass protection looks, the blitz looks, and the matchups,” said Quinn. “Sometimes in the staff meeting, and even in the 1-on-1’s, we’re trying to create matchups to see who we go against. The staff gets to vote each day and say ‘I want this matchup and this matchup’.
“We go around the table and then when we get to the 1-on-1’s, we feature those ones usually as the first one or second one of the rack. Then we show them in the team meeting. The competition is everywhere and it especially shows up in those 1-on-1 settings.”
Former Falcons quarterback and current color analyst for the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network, Dave Archer, commented on what he’s seen through five days of camp, which have included three padded practices.
“I’ve been watching, like everyone else has, the battle for the right guard position and what’s going on with those two guys, Ben Garland and Wes Schweitzer,” said Archer. “Schweitzer seems to be a little bit more athletic, in my opinion. He seems to be able to see the double teams. When you get twists on the inside and the guard and center are trying to pass people off, he seems to be really adept at that; he’s got good feet.
“Garland is more of a bull in a china closet coming off the ball he’ll hit you in the mouth. He’s having a little bit of a problem with that stuff [the finesse game on the inside], but he’s still a big, tough guy and this battle will go down to the wire.”