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 months ago Atlanta announced the signing of former Miami Dolphin Paul Soliai to a five-year, $33 million deal. In his time with the Dolphins, the 6-4, 345 pound defensive tackle appeared in 99 games with 62 starts while racking up 4.5 sacks and 160 tackles. Considering the Falcons ranked next to last in the league against the run last year and allowed 138 yards rushing per game, Soliai should be of significant help to Atlanta.


With the rumblings of the Falcons moving to a 3-4 scheme this year, adding Soliai to the team seems to make a lot of sense. Teaming him up with fellow Falcon free agent addition Tyson Jackson, along with Jonathan Babineaux, will really beef up the front of the defense. If all goes as planned, granted everyone stays healthy, Atlanta should be more effective at stopping the run. Based on the moves made these last few months, it is clear defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is looking to revamp, rejuvenate, and redeem this Falcons defense.

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  • Jim

    Agree but don’t forget about Hageman. This guy is a physical freak. As long as Atlanta’s defensive front stays healthy opponents should find that running on this bunch will be much harder than last year.

  • Allen

    As someone who has Samoan heritage, I can’t express how syked I am to finally have a Pacific Islander playing for my dirty birds.

    • NinerEmpire

      Isn’t the TE Toilolo Samoan? Lol

  • Pierce

    I am excited to see how this new 3-4 alignment pans out for the Falcons. Change is good especially with the addition of Soliai and Jackson.

  • pua

    Yes Toilolo is Samoan, so as Soliai, both US citizen, but they have the beast heart of down to earth Samoan guys, and they are both good players for the Falcon’s…GO FALCON’S