The Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line improved exponentially in 2015 from the once-porous unit of 2013-14. While a great deal of the position group’s progress came from the great coaching of offensive line coach Chris Morgan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s patented zone blocking scheme, a few acquisitions made in the 2015 offseason on the offensive helped turn the Falcons into a top five unit up front.
One player that had a great year for the Atlanta Falcons in 2015 was right guard Chris Chester. Chester came to Atlanta after several years with the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins. He had worked previously with Shanahan in Washington and thrived on the interior of the Falcons’ offensive line in 2015.
While Atlanta was elite at tackle in 2015, Chester’s play on the interior allowed the Falcons to have a 1,000 yard rusher for the first time in four seasons, while giving quarterback Matt Ryan enough time to throw for over 4,500 for the fourth straight season.
Chester is in his early 30s, so he may have another year or two of being able to play at a high level in the National Football League. If he does want to play in 2016, the Atlanta Falcons should stand as one of the first teams to give him a call to suit up for them next season.
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