FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure hopes he doesn't have to apologize again to quarterback Matt Ryan.
After Ryan was harassed repeatedly in last week's 16-13 loss at Tampa Bay, McClure wanted him to know that the offensive line appreciates his toughness in the pocket.
Ryan has been hit 21 times, according to NFL statistics, and sacked 13 times - third-most in the NFL.
McClure told Ryan on the plane ride home from Tampa that the line is working hard to improve.
As the Falcons (1-2) prepare to visit Seattle (1-2) on Sunday, coach Mike Smith is promising a full evaluation of everyone.
Smith won't say whether left tackle Sam Baker and right guard Garrett Reynolds are in jeopardy of losing their starting jobs, but they clearly have competition from reserves.