Tribal Chief Posted April 6, 2015 Share Posted April 6, 2015 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 edgeIt'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.Atlanta Falcons 2015 Roster in PhotosIn 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." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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