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Falcons defensive end Malliciah Goodman is returning to a familiar position for head coach Dan Quinn in the upcoming season, excited about being back on the edge

It's another big day for the Atlanta Falcons as Dan Quinn is set to hold his first official team meeting as the club's head coach. Beginning from his first day on the job in February, he mentioned several times how exciting it was going to be to connect with his players, among the many benefits of the job he appreciates the most.

One such player Quinn is already familiar with is Falcons defensive end Malliciah Goodman, having scouted him during his path to the draft as a defensive star at Clemson in 2012.

Entering his third NFL season, Goodman has already met with Quinn in Atlanta and was instantly impressed with his head coach's energy and passion, along with his defensive success, including a Super Bowl title in 2013.

"You always get excited about that stuff," Goodman said. "He knows what hes doing. He has a record of putting together good defenses, and its not like he needs all the top guys to make something happen. He brings everybody together and utilizes what each individual does well and then expands on that."

Quinn has already been helping Goodman prepare for what could be his best season yet as a pro, strategizing where to best play the 6-foot-4, 274-pound lineman, based on what he does best. The plan is to move Goodman back outside, where he spent most of his time at Clemson.

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In 2012, Goodman ended his collegiate career in spectacular fashion, including 20 tackles, 9.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was named Clemsons defensive player of the game in the Tigers' Chick-fil-A Bowl win over LSU, totaling three sacks.

"I love playing on the defensive line and being an end," said Goodman, who played both interior and outside defensive line positions under the previous coaching regime.

"Im a little more familiar with it and a little more comfortable with it. Its good to be back on the edge. I just have to continue learning at this level and increasing my abilities from what I previously did at the position."

Each of the goals Quinn has set for Goodman and the rest of his Falcons teammates is predicated on transforming the team into a consistent winner, and that is the message that will be conveyed during Monday's team meeting.

"Hes done a lot of things that will create a competitive environment, on and off the field," Goodman said. "Hes an energetic guy. Hes excited about his job, and hes going to do everything he can to get us where we need to be."

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Hilarious that an article like this even had to be made. It's like they took everything our defensive players were good at and tried to do the opposite.

And people try blaming it on lack of talent, all the while they were cross traing the Long snapper at linebacker. Unbelievable the issues they created for themselves out of thin air.
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Wish i knew how much control Nolan really had over the defense. He's been very successful in the past, just doesn't make sense for him to come here and have such bad defenses.

Sometimes the DC's hands are tied because he has to run the philosophy of the HC. I think Nolan was a loyal employee and did his best to try and appease smith and his nickel philosophy. It made him look incompetent in the end. Behind closed doors coaches may not agree with the philosophy but instead of losing their job they do what's asked.
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Sometimes the DC's hands are tied because he has to run the philosophy of the HC. I think Nolan was a loyal employee and did his best to try and appease smith and his nickel philosophy. It made him look incompetent in the end. Behind closed doors coaches may not agree with the philosophy but instead of losing their job they do what's asked.

i think we went to nickel philosophy because we were constantly getting torched by RBs and TEs that we couldnt cover with that terrible set of linebackers. That part of the defense worked, what didnt work was counting on mass, kroy, and osi to get a pass rush. The coaching was not good in many aspects, but the talent was just as bad
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i think we went to nickel philosophy because we were constantly getting torched by RBs and TEs that we couldnt cover with that terrible set of linebackers. That part of the defense worked, what didnt work was counting on mass, kroy, and osi to get a pass rush. The coaching was not good in many aspects, but the talent was just as bad

It all still goes back to smiths philosophy. Man to man would've taken care of that. Instead they played zone and ANY decent qb will find a soft spot in zone. Also the whole league was getting torched by rb's and TE's in a read option offense. We were just fine against traditional offenses. So I guess basically they tried to fix what wasbt broke and they broke it. I'd never trot out 2 linebackers. We became a defense that was decent against the run to a defense that couldnt stop the run, stop the pass, or rush the passer. All because of a bs defensive philosophy. It never was the best but it was at least decent with BVG.
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i think we went to nickel philosophy because we were constantly getting torched by RBs and TEs that we couldnt cover with that terrible set of linebackers. That part of the defense worked, what didnt work was counting on mass, kroy, and osi to get a pass rush. The coaching was not good in many aspects, but the talent was just as bad

If you roll the clock back about a year, you will see Smitty and Nolan were planning to run a true 3-4 defense. They had just signed two high priced 3-4 DLinemen, beefed up Goodman and drafted Hageman and a slew of LBs. On the first day of training camp, Nolan yelled out, "OK line up in the base defense". We quickly lined up in a 3-4 base. Once they got a look at Dimi's LBs and Spoon got his achilles ripped up by our trainer, we were in a 4-2-5 the rest of the way. That's when all the playing players out of position bush it started up. Let's just hope Quinny doesn't have to make a scheme shift in mid s.tream after getting a good look at Dimi's players.
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Can't wait for the season to start!!! Haven't been this excited in a while.

I am too. Especially this season because I am going into it with the expectation that we will still suck but are rebuilding. I should be able to watch this season with a little less stress because I will almost be more focused on how the individual players and coaches affect the team than I will be with the outcome.

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Hilarious that an article like this even had to be made. It's like they took everything our defensive players were good at and tried to do the opposite.

And to put a cherry on top, they kept the same idiot, losing routine while the whole world watched and wondered why they never try to do something different that maybe wouldn't have been quite so effing reta*ded.

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If you rewind the clock about a year, you will remember Smitty and Nolan were planning to run a true 3-4 defense. They had just signed two high priced 3-4 DLinemen, beefed up Goodman and drafted Hageman and a slew of LBs. On the first day of training camp, Nolan yelled out, "OK line up in the base defense". We quickly lined up in a 3-4 base. Once they got a look at Dimi's LBs and Spoon got his achilles ripped by our trainer, we were in a 4-2-5 the next week. That's when all the playing players out of position bush it started up. Let's just hope Quinny doesn't have to make a philosophy shift in mid scream after taking a look at Dimi's players.

Great point.

It was time to get fresh blood into Flowery Branch but Smith, Nolan, and the coordinators weren't idiots.

Their schemes weren't effective due to poor personnel fits, free agency and injury and they just didn't know how to improvise with the hand they were dealt.

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He has a record of putting together good defenses, and its not like he needs all the top guys to make something happen.

I'm not sold yet, Goodman's comments do nothing for me.

D-Block and Spoon considered themselves to be Top Guys. Goodman is basically admitting they lack talent!

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I am too. Especially this season because I am going into it with the expectation that we will still suck but are rebuilding. I should be able to watch this season with a little less stress because I will almost be more focused on how the individual players and coaches affect the team than I will be with the outcome.

I agree. This season, I will be able to watch without getting pissed, because I'm not expecting too much. Really excited to see how the draft plays out also.
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