"I've looked at the offense as a fancy sports car," Tice said Tuesday, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "You have your spokes -- your rims; they tell me don't say 'spokes' -- and your fancy paint jobs and your tinted windshields. And then you have your engine.
"The offensive line has to be the engine that lets the fancy rims and the paint job look good. If the engine's not working, the paint job looks like (expletive). ... We're the engine, and we have to fuel all those great players we have in the skill positions because we have a bunch."
Hamfisted metaphors aside, Tice makes a strong point.
The Falcons will be a much tougher, brawnier, more physical team in 2014. They've devoted plenty of resources into dominating the line of scrimmage after getting pushed around last season.