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Known for his tough love approach to coaching, Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox has already earned the respect and admiration of fifth round defensive tackle Grady Jarrett

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Defensive line coach Bryan Cox gained widespread popularity during last summers HBO Hard Knocks documentary series, as his distinct sense of humor and abrasive teaching style resonated with the audience. Fifth round draft pick Grady Jarrett, who joined the Falcons well-aware of Coxs disposition, is now getting a first-hand taste of what its like to play for the stern mentor.

And so far, their relationship is off to a good start.

I love Coach Cox, man, Jarrett said. I had an opportunity to work with him a little bit before the draft at a local workout. Then, to come here and have him coach me every day is good. He demands the best and hes getting it out of us every day.

Cox is rarely hesitant to scold one of his own even at rookie minicamp, which concluded Sunday. Jarrett was among those on the receiving end of Coxs howling and seemed to take it in stride.

Thats making me a better player, Jarrett said, and you get here and you realize you have a lot of work to do. So Im glad I have a coach like that to get me better.

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You have to be (a little bit crazy) to play this game. One thing I can say about Coach Cox: he loves the game of football. I couldnt ask for a better situation.

Although the three-day minicamp didnt include pads, it was no picnic for the Falcons rookies. Rather, they were put under some high-intensity training and, tasked with making a strong first impression, were under a lot of pressure, as well.

Certainly, having college teammate Vic Beasley on board is making the process easier for Jarrett. The two fed off each other during their time at Clemson and figure to do the same in the NFL.

Its definitely good having Vic here with me, Jarrett said. When you know somebody, it makes it that much sweeter. Me and him both, were just really excited to be a part of this organization, being from Georgia."

Together, the additions of Beasley and Jarrett could go a long way toward improving Atlantas front seven. Beasley, the talented outside linebacker, has the pass-rushing ability to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares; Jarrett, the disruptive interior lineman, eats up a lot of space and excels against the run.

If Cox can effectively prepare them for the next level and his successful track record says thats likely this years draft should pay immediate dividends.

Its just really great being here with a defensive-minded head coach, a great D-line coach like we have, Jarrett added, so were just trying to get better every day.

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His attitude is the best part about getting him in the 5th. He's hungry and motivated to prove himself. Another added bonus is the affect that Jarrett's success can have on Hageman. Hage has all the tools that Jarrett doesn't so if he lets Jarrett outwork him and produce more than him, he could find himself on the shortlist of guys getting their walking papers.

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His attitude is the best part about getting him in the 5th. He's hungry and motivated to prove himself. Another added bonus is the affect that Jarrett's success can have on Hageman. Hage has all the tools that Jarrett doesn't so if he lets Jarrett outwork him and produce more than him, he could find himself on the shortlist of guys getting their walking papers.

Both can co-exist on the team.

Despite Jarrett being on the smaller side, he has the ability to play both 3-tech UT and 1-tech NT.

Hageman could play 3-tech UT and could play some 5-tech LE.

Hageman(3-tech UT) and Jarrett(1-tech NT) could potentially become a very good interior duo together.

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It would take a pretty big demise for hage to be cut any time soon.

That's fair to say under the old regime. I think folks aren't even processing that the owner has completely changed the hierarchy and there is no telling how the new player evaluation go. The old regime held on to players far too long. This new regime might not be so inclined to do so. after year 4 he could be Gones-ville.

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Shede isn't going anywhere. The combinations that we can put on the DL is mind boggling right now. If we get edge pressure from Beasley and Clayborn as well as interior pressure from Babs, Shede and Jarrett, we might see a few corner blitzes resulting in sacks this season. We also might have DL depth sufficient to keep the line fresh at the end of games.

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