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Good article on Malliciah
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Seeing long-armed, firmly built defensive lineman Malliciah Goodman explode up the gap only makes the Atlanta Falcons' coaches salivate.
They see a player with tremendous upside; a player who allows defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to be more exotic with his defensive fronts.
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Goodman is just in his second year and maturing daily. He could be one of those players who stands out when the Falcons conduct their first padded practice on Monday afternoon.
"Malliciah, I think, is going to be a guy that can play a number of our packages and play different roles," coach Mike Smith said. "I think that Malliciah will play in our base package, he'll have a certain role. In our big sub-package, he'll have another role. In our sub-package, he'll have another role. So I think those are good questions that we have to answer because he can line up in many different places.
"I think as we go through the preseason, I think his strengths are going to become more defined. And we're going to be able to put him in those places where he's going to be able to play to his strengths."
Speaking of strength, Goodman bulked up this offseason in preparation for being more physical up front.
"I'm about 288, 290 (pounds) right now," the 6-foot-4 Goodman said. "I was in the mid-270s last year. I've just been eating, working out, putting the right things in my body. I've been having a high intake of calories and protein. Just working hard. My max (bench press) weight really improved. I feel a lot better in the trenches going against the guys."
Goodman played in 14 games last season. He played just 29 percent of the defensive snaps.
With the Falcons switching to a 3-4 base scheme and attempting to be multiple with their other looks, Goodman continues to try to find his comfort zone despite moving around a lot. New defensive line coach Bryan Cox has helped the adjustment.
"I'm getting very comfortable playing inside with the 3-technique (defensive tackle between guard and tackle)," Goodman said. "Last year, the defense was a little different. Now I'm inside playing the 3 and playing the 4 and 5-technique (3-4 defensive end). So I've been working on that with Coach Cox. He's been getting out of me.
"I'm more comfortable with the 3, just because of repetition. The going back and looking at the playbook and looking at Babs (Jonathan Babineaux) and also Tyson (Jackson), just studying them and seeing how they play blocks, how they strike their guy. I'm just learning about leverage and learning about that first step and what to look at. You've got to stop looking in the backfield and look at your guy; don't to be too anxious to jump in there. Just kind of be patient."
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I like hearing that. Imagine if he and Hageman turn in to monster 3-4 DE's. Can you imagine all the batted down passes? Between Hageman's size, vert and LNG arms, and Goodman's freakish gorilla arms and catchers mitt giant as fuck hands, QB's are going to have a bitch of a time passing around/over those guys.
Not to mention the ridiculous reach they both have. If they just get some pressure and swat at the QB, they should cause some interruptions and fumbles.
I have a really good feeling about our defense over the next few years. I think our DL/front-7 is finally going to be something we can actually be excited about.
We've tried to be excited about our dline for 7 years now. I think finally we have something. Thank god we moved to 3-4.
we should be excited about our front 7 just because Ray Hamilton is GONE!!!!
I was immediately excited by the acquisitions of Soliai and Jackson and had visions of the pocket being pushed into the collected laps of Breese, Kap, Cam, etc. who seemed to be able to step up into the pocket at will and avoid outside rushers. Some Game Rewind time disabused me of those visions. Last year both of those guys were strictly run stuffers playing mostly on 1st down and second and long. Soliai was constantly doubled and rarely crossed the line of scrimmage, but for a team that was 31st in run defense they will help immensely. It is the fresh young platoon, led by Hageman and Goodman, that will shut the front door to the pocket and allow the Massaquios, Biermans, and safeties to feed QBs some turf.
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