Posted: 7:51 pm Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Kansas City Chiefs free agent offensive guard Jon Asamoah started nine games in 2013. (Scott Cunningham / Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs free agent offensive guard Jon Asamoah started nine games in 2013. (Scott Cunningham / Getty Images)

Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, signed a five-year contract after becoming an unrestricted free agent. Terms of his deal were undisclosed, but it averaging $4.5 million per year.

Asamoah was recently married and his wife is in medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

He’s expected to help the Falcons re-establish a firm passing pocket for quarterback Matt Ryan.

Here’s a Q&A with Asamoah from earlier today:

Q: Why did you select the Falcons in free agency?

A: I look at the team and the players that we have here, especially on offense, it’s incredible. Watching film you watch basically every team throughout the year and two years ago when we watched the Falcons game, I saw Matt Ryan back there calm and collected. I was like, I want to be with a quarterback like that, that’s on point. Between him and the receivers, you know and Steven Jackson and the running backs, it’s an opportunity that you can’t pass up. They have a need at right guard and they wanted to improve and wanted to bring toughness and physicality. That’s what I intend to bring.

Q: What happened this year with you losing the starting position?

A: We played in a game, it was Week 10 last year, and I got dinged up after the game. It was a close call the next week and they were trying to decide if I was going to be able to go or not. (Geoff) Schwartz played and he continued to play well. I had discussion with them and they decided to keep running with Schwartz. I accepted my role and became a great team mate. I kept working. I was ready at any moment to get back in there. I played a ton of football. My resume speaks for itself. I’ve started over 40 games and I’ve been dependable. I’m just excited for a fresh start here.

Q: What was it like starting your NFL career at age 21?

A: It was a whirlwind. Any rookie will tell you. It’s the NFL. I played in the Big 10 and thought I was big time. Then you move out. I was blessed my first year in K.C. I had Ryan Lilja, who is just a pretty (good) and under-sized veteran. He taught me what it means to be tough. What that really means. Then Casey Wiegmann, played 16 years in the league and Brian Waters, who played 12 years and went to a bunch of Pro Bowls, (both mentored me.) … I was young, but I was a sponge around those guys. I was really lucky my first year to be behind those guys. Then when Brian moved on to New England, I got my chance (to play) and I got rolling from there.

Q: Do you think you’re better at run blocking or pass blocking?

A: I love run blocking, but you’ve got to be able to do both. I came here and we’re going to throw the rock. We’ve got talented guys here. I’m going to be great at pass blocking and when we need to pound it, I’m going to make it happen.

Q: Did you and Tyson keep in touch during free agency?

A: Free agency was strange because you didn’t know how much you could talk to somebody else. It was like he weirdest and most secretive thing, even amongst your friends. I didn’t know anything about Tyson. I read that the Chiefs were talking to him, but I didn’t talk to him myself. I got on the plane to come here and the free agency frenzy had started. I was looking to see where all of my buddies would be and then I saw Tyson to the Falcons and I got so excited because one of my guys that I battled against and battled with was going to be making this transition with me.

Q: Could you give us some insight about what we should expect to see from Tyson?

A: Actually, Tyson to me, is actually one of the best run defenders in the league. He’s tough against the run. He’s been a pain in my butt for four years (in practice.) He’s really tough and he can get some pressure on the quarterback. He’s much better getting on edges and that’s what he gets credit for. Tyson is consistent. He’s tough. He’s down and dirty. …He’s going to be jamming up whatever side that he’s on.

Q: How important is it to having timing down win in the run game?

A: It’s definitely important for us to all be on the same page. … The thing we did in K.C. is that we had a mentality. We were going to try to physically impose ourselves on you. We’d give it to Jamaal (Charles) and he’s just a special guy. It was just a mentality for us. We’re going to take it to these guys and it’s going to open up everything else. That’s something that I hope, that part of my mentality can rub off anybody in the room that’s ready for it.

Q: How is your mobility in the screen game?

A: Screen game is good. It’s all about timing and getting to your landmarks. I learned so much more about screen working with (head coach) Andy (Reid) last year. With Andy, that was a huge part of our game. Our first few years, we didn’t focus that much on the particulars.

29 comments
WolfWithanE
WolfWithanE

This team wont be superbowl ready for a couple years from now. Fix the secondary and you got a chance. Denver got their a** EMBARRASSED and their offence is 10 times better than atlanta's offence.


DEFENSE. WINS. CHAMPIONSHIPS. 

WolfWithanE
WolfWithanE

Defense wins championships. Displayed in this years superbowl.


-our secondary sucks.Trufant. OVERRATED and WAY TOO FLASHY. Thinks he's the Sh*t......hes not. at all. (hes a Bi*ch)

-SIGN A CB! BROWNER OR CROMARTIE. QUICK!

- Draft Mack or Barr at the 6th spot

- Sign one more O lineman in free agency 

- Draft Safety in 2nd Round



TheMonger
TheMonger

Falcons need to sign Steve Smith, Julius Peppers, and Chris Clemons to round out the Free Agent class.  Draft Khalil Mack or Anthony Barr and then an OT in the 2nd round and they should be set.  Can you imagine Matt Ryan throwing to Julio Jones, Steve Smith, Roddy White, and Harry Douglas?  Get a solid running back in the 3rd or 4th round with some speed to replace Stevan Jackson next year, and it will be even better.

STEVE SMITH TO ATLANTA!!!!  MAKE IT HAPPEN THOMAS!!!!

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

I've done some research and the only impressive thing about this back-up guard, is that his wife is in Med School.   Other than that, he's mediocre. 

ctfalconsfan
ctfalconsfan

So we're paying a fortune for a RG that lost his starting job and finished a back up?

It sounds like we should have gone after Schwatz who won the starting job in KC.. (I'm sure the guy is under contract but just saying)

Of course any player i an upgrade to last year's OL.

CheFalconZay
CheFalconZay

Thanks for that interview D Led. All three of these guys are much bigger and grittier than what we've had in the past several years. Successful at their positions as well, not just people who "could" make an impact, but people that WILL make an impact.

warfalcon
warfalcon

We need more players/coaches ie M.S. with his ATTITUDE.


LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


                                                                 2014 - 2015

MikeisBack
MikeisBack

Yeah Dled, really Good Stuff...it's early...but I like what I'm seeing out of TD.


RISE UP TD...LET'S GO...LET'S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

I like this guys attitude anybody you bring in should be an up-grade from where the Falcons were last year. I couldn't  envision a offensive line worst than the previous year. Everybody knows Matt Ryan took a beating....

tyger
tyger

What a great interview!!!


One thing about all 3 BIGS....

Under the radar, but...

H E A L T H Y...


Coons on the Rise!....



RangeRover
RangeRover

"They have a need at right guard and they wanted to improve and wanted to bring toughness and physicality. That’s what I intend to bring."

Do this and you'll be richly rewarded and universally embraced here, young man!


DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

The interior of our O-line should be set with Asamoah, Hawley, and Blalock who I feel can really hold the point and not let any inside pressure get to Ryan. Last season when Hawley stepped in at center, our O-line starting playing a lot better and I hope it carries over into this season with new coaching and style with some key additions. But this was a good pick up. He's very physical.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Brian Waters ain't a bad guy to sponge from!

Next to Larry Allen, the best OG in the NFL the last 20 years.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@ctfalconsfan  Another person that doesn't know what he's talking about. If people would actually read and do their research they wouldn't post just anything

JSSN
JSSN

@tyger  

You got to keep them healthy!  That training staff is suspect!

gfw
gfw

@DawgGoneIt I hope you're right about Hawley.  Maybe my memory is selective, but what I recall is him getting pushed back a lot, sometimes right into Ryan before he could even complete his drop. 

JSSN
JSSN

@gfw

Your memory isn't selective. But they need Hawley (or Konz by default) to take because they need continuity if they cant get a true front line center. The proof will be when they have to run with a purpose more than pass protection. Without a run game of some earnest with teams at least respecting play action, their whole premise is doomed. People won't respect them outside the numbers. 

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Wow!! KC hasn't had a shortage of really good NFL OG's.

It certainly helps explain those ridiculous numbers Priest & LJ put up.

Faneca is a good call. Maybe Logan Mankins as well.

JSSN
JSSN

@AnsweredTHIS @gfw  

"the main factor is to keep these guys healthy so they can produce!"

It has been my primary issue with this franchise since Day1. You have the strangest baseline possible of players coming outside of their system who either become injured or never become stronger or physically sound. Moreover, their injuries persist for inordinate periods. It can't always be blamed on sorry player habits (I.E. Michael Turner or PhilipKeith Manley). This training staff is suspect!

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@JSSN @gfw

JSSN I get a sense that you are respecting what they are doing in FA?  But you are spot on about having some sort of running game but the main factor is to keep these guys healthy so they can produce!

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75  

It goes all the way back to Stram and when they ran the "Power Chief" out of the Power-I.