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Falcons make it clear they want to get bigger up front

Brandon Siler, Tyson Jackson AP

The Falcons are wasting no time in making their emphasis on toughness clear.

The Falcons have already announced deals with defensive end Tyson Jackson and defensive tackle Paul Soliai, after the day’s earlier deal with guard Jon Asamoah.

“We were focused on adding pieces along our offensive and defensive lines and I feel we were able to accomplish that today,” General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a release.

In adding Jackson and Soliai, it makes it look like they’re also more intent on using more 3-4 looks under defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, as Jackson is a classic 3-4 end and Soliai a stout player against the run who can play the nose.

They also tapped into new assistant G.M. Scott Pioli’s background, as Pioli used the third overall pick in the 2009 Draft on Jackson when he was with the Chiefs.

Those are significant moves for a defense that look soft last season, and now have some hefty parts on which to build.

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10 Responses to “Falcons make it clear they want to get bigger up front”
  1. pftbro says: Mar 11, 2014 4:48 PM

    Most of us would like to get bigger up front…

  2. meatcarroll says: Mar 11, 2014 4:50 PM

    >Tyson Jackson
    >Tough

    lolwut

  3. trollhammer20 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:50 PM

    You mean someone figured out that finesse doesn’t win many big-trophy games?

    Atlanta may be dangerous next year.

  4. axespray says: Mar 11, 2014 4:52 PM

    Ugh… c’mon Ted – you were gonna offer Raji 8 mil per year – Soliai is way better than him – we couldn’t make a run at him?

  5. smartstickhotness says: Mar 11, 2014 5:02 PM

    Kansas City fire sale continues

  6. kcflake says: Mar 11, 2014 5:04 PM

    Congrats Falcons, You took a backup O Lineman and a Failed D End from us and overpaid for both. Good Luck former Chiefs. Say “HI” to Pioli for us.

  7. slick50ks says: Mar 11, 2014 5:06 PM

    Aspiring to be the Pioli Chiefs isn’t a very smart thing to do.

    He lead the franchise to it’s worst record ever, and you keep picking up his failed draft picks.

    Dimitroff must not be too intelligent if he’s taking advice from Scooter.

    I dare you to find a single Chiefs fan that’s going to miss Tyson Jackson.

  8. ovaw8lova says: Mar 11, 2014 5:26 PM

    Solai is a good signing. Miami changed to a 4-3 which made Solai less effective. He is not a pass rusher but is pain to move. Good signing.

  9. greg2geez says: Mar 11, 2014 5:32 PM

    Atlanta is making all the moves Reggie McKenzie should be making in Oakland. Congrats on having a legit front office Falcons.

  10. scorpwood says: Mar 11, 2014 6:02 PM

    Great move for Atlanta. I’m bummed Miami didn’t resign him. The guy clogs up the middle so well.

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