Camp Preview: Defensive Line begins camp under the microscope

One of the Falcons stated goals this off-season was to add toughness and resume control of the line of scrimmage. As Michael Aprile detailed in his Offensive Line report, the pick of Jake Matthews along with the signing of Jon Asomoah signaled their commitment to keep the offensive side of the line well protected, but what about the defensive side of the line? View poll on FanMob...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Draft: Atlanta Falcons edition

Sports Ruckus writer Jessie Peel has graded the entire NFC South, and while some Dirty Bird fans might not like his grading, he has some very valid points.  Let’s see what the Falcons finished with. Atlanta Falcons Draft Needs: DE, OT, S, TE, WR Key Additions: DT Paul Soliai (five years, $32 million), DE Tyson Jackson (five years, $25 […] The post Grading the Draft: Atlanta...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Who is backing up Matty Ice; Grading Hester’s potential; and could Soliai the missing key?

Here are the top columns from the previous week in case you missed them! A look into the potential back-up situation for Matt Ryan Grading out Devin Hester’s potential impact Can Paul Soliai be the key to Atlanta’s defense? You may also be interested in:Weekly Rewind: Who is backing up Matty Ice; Grading Hester’s potential; and could Soliai the missing key?Devin Hester looking...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul Soliai: could he fix the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive woes?

So there’s actually less than 96 days until the Atlanta Falcons football (preseason)  kicks off, but let’s be honest, most people are really looking forward to the September 7th Sunday afternoon showdown between the Dirty Birds and that team from New Orleans. They shall remain nameless. With that said, let’s take a brief look at the man who sports jersey No. 96.   A few...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Atlanta Falcons should trade up in the first round

With the upcoming NFL Draft less than a month away, there are plenty of story-lines to analyze and various situations that could happen as teams are trying to better their rosters through this year’s draft class.  Many questions have surrounded what are arguably two of the most exciting players to play college football in Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, and where they will...
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The strong case for re-signing Brent Grimes and Paul Soliai

In what has long been a question that has been placed on the virtual back burner, the Dolphins have to decide who over their 20 free agents to bring back.   It's highly possible that the position of cornerback  one year ago was the most crucial last season after the departure of Sean Smith in free agency and the pre-season trade sending Vontae Davis for picks.  However,...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts on 2014 Miami Dolphins Free Agency as of March 22nd

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Moments after the 2014 period began the Dolphins signed what should amount to their biggest addition of the year in Brandon Albert. He’ll hopefully man the LT position for at least 2-3 seasons, of his 5 year 47 million dollar contract. Kudu’s to Hickey, and Philbin for getting their man. – Grade A+ They overpaid, but had little choice. I won’t...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency head scratchers

Early in this offseason Falcons owner Arthur Blank said that he didn’t want any “splash” free agent moves, and it appears that the front office is taking his words to heart. When Paul Soliai , Tyson Jackson, and John Asamoah came in it hardly moved needle on the national buzz-meter. Which makes sense, those guys are all “bricks and mortar” type players who fill some of...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Run defense a main issue in free agency period

The first day of free agency in the National Football League brought many surprises. Many keynote, prominent players were released by their teams. Players such as Lance Moore and Darren Sproles were released by the Saints and the Cowboys released seven-time pro bowl defensive end Demarcus Ware to name a few. Nevertheless, with releasing of players comes the opportunity to improve...
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

What the Atlanta Falcons will look like defensively in 2014

It is pretty obvious what the Falcons want to do defensively, looking at the latest free agents they picked up to play defensive line in Atlanta. Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson are both the huge, prototypical 3-4 defensive linemen Atlanta has been lacking. Bringing in two guys who fit the 3-4 scheme so perfectly really tips the hand of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan as to what kind...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons' signings signal return to basics

Mike Smith came to the Falcons as a coach who wanted to run the football and defend the run. Coming off a 4-12 season and with the moves the Falcons have made, particularly on the first day of free agency on Tuesday, that again has taken on primacy. Consider that three of the Falcons' signings on Tuesday (one of their own players and two unrestricted free agents) will likely...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons news: Falcons sign Asamoah, Jackson and Soliai on opening day of free agency.

The Atlanta Falcons drastically needed to improve both their offensive and defensive lines this off season, they made significant strides to achieving that goal within hours of the free agent market officially opening on Tuesday. Two of three players signed were drafted by Scott Pioli while he was general manager in Kansas City, Pioli is now the Falcons assistant GM in Atlanta...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Falcons add to their defensive arsenal

Free agency is heating up and they don’t call Atlanta, Hotlanta for nothing! The Falcons wasted no time adding fuel to what seemed like a dwindling fire in the backfield last year. Atlanta signed Paul Soliai, the former Miami dolphins starting nose tackle. Soliai was a fourth round pick of the Dolphins in the 2007 draft. Last season Soliai finished with a recorded 35 tackles, two...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons sign DT Paul Soliai

What’s with the Falcons committing all this money to pure run stoppers? I understand they need to improve their run defense, but they also need to add pass rushers. Not only are Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai not pass rushers, but they’re actually liabilities on passing plays. They played a combined 493 pass snaps last season and for good reason. Now the Falcons have given them...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Ink NT Paul Soliai, Per Adam Schefter

The Falcons land a true-blue, 340-pound nose tackle. The Atlanta Falcons continue to pursue linemen on both sides of the ball as the 2014 NFL free agency period gets into full swing. The latest addition: former Miami Dolphins nose tackle Paul Soliai, who officially signed a multi-year deal with the team on Tuesday. Jason La Canfora reports the Falcons will pay Soliai $33 million...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Get Tougher; Sign RG Asamoah, DE Jackson, NT Soliai

Beefing up the lines is exactly what the Falcons needed to do. (Kevin Liles) The Atlanta Falcons knew they had to get tougher, beginning with both the offensive and defensive lines. And with free agency officially underway, getting tougher is exactly what the Falcons did. They agreed to terms with right guard Jon Asamoah and defensive end Tyson Jackson, both former members of the...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

DT Paul Soliai Signs With The Atlanta Falcons

Former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai has quickly gone off the market, signing a five-year, $33 million contract to join the Atlanta Falcons. The contract includes $14.5 million guaranteed and $11 million in total value in the first year of the contract, averaging out to just under $7 million per season. The Falcons also signed former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Soliai gets his money elsewhere, signs with Falcons

BY NICK ST. DENISAs the offseason progressed, it slowly became clear that longtime defensive line stalwart Paul Soliai would not be with the Miami Dolphins beyond 2013.It became official Tuesday, when Soliai signed a five-year, $33 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons which includes $14 million guaranteed, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.There he'll be reunited with Falcons defensive...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

DT Paul Soliai Signs With Falcons For 5yrs/$33M

The Falcons are looking to beef up that defensive line and got a good one in Paul Soliai. Paul Soliai has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on a five-year, $33 million deal. $14 million guaranteed. $11 million in 2014. — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 11, 2014
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Agree To Terms With DT Paul Soliai, G Jon Asamoah & DE Tyson Jackson

  The Atlanta Falcons have arguably been the most active team in the first hour of free agency. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons have agreed to terms with former Dolphins NT Paul Soliai and former Chiefs G Jon Asamoah. Ian Rapoport reports that DE Tyson Jackson has also agreed to a deal with the Falcons. Soliai, 30, was widely considered to be the best available...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Falcons “Aggressively Pursuing” NT Paul Soliai

  Jason La Canfora reports that the Falcons are “aggressively pursuing” Dolphins free agent NT Paul Soliai. According to La Canfora, the Falcons could be implementing more 3-4 defensive elements next season. Soliai, 30, is widely considered to be the best available nose tackle in this year’s free agent market. He signed a two-year extension with the Dolphins worth $12...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings might make a run at Paul Soliai

var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY Sports believes the Minnesota Vikings could make a run at Dolphins defensive lineman Paul Soliai. Thinking back on film session with Mike Zimmer, I'd be surprised if #Vikings didn't make a run at Paul Soliai. Could use a big-bodied nose. — Tom Pelissero...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

If Vikings don’t pursue DT Paul Soliai it’d be surprising

The Miami Dolphins and defensive tackle Paul Soliai haven’t made any progress on a new deal. From the Miami Herald: In short, both Paul Soliai and Randy Starks – who have anchored the middle of Miami’s D-line for the last half-decade – are most likely gone. There has been no progress on a new deal for Soliai, and all indications are his time with the Dolphins is...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins likely to part ways with Starks, Soliai

Welcome to NFL free agency – sort of. While signings can’t happen until the league calendar turns over at 4 p.m. Tuesday, teams could legally enter into talks with players on other rosters at noon Saturday. But for the Dolphins, their reality at defensive tackle came into focus long before the league-sanctioned "tampering" window opened. In short, both Paul Soliai...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul Soliai Could Be An Option For The Vikings?

  Tom Pelissero of USA Today mentions that, after sitting in on the Vikings film session with new HC Mike Zimmer, he would be surprised if the did not make a run at Dolphins NT Paul Soliai in the coming weeks. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald recently reported that the Dolphins have yet to extend Soliai a contract offer, so it appears as though he will be looking for a new team...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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