Posted: 6:33 pm Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

SEPTEMBER 2012 FILE PHOTOGRAPH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tyson Jackson, drafted by Kansas City third overall in 2009, has agreed to terms with the Falcons.

SEPTEMBER 2012 FILE PHOTOGRAPH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tyson Jackson, drafted by Kansas City third overall in 2009, has agreed to terms with the Falcons.

Falcons defensive Tyson Jackson, who was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, signed a five-year, $25 million contract after becoming an unrestricted free agent. A total of $11 million of the contract is guaranteed.

Jackson, a former LSU Tiger, is expected to help improve the Falcons’ run defense.

Here’s a Q&A with Jackson from earlier today:

Q: What was your perception of the Falcons?

A: I really wasn’t that focused on the Falcons last year because I was doing my own thing with Kansas City. The one thing that is certain about the NFL is that guys will get injured and that can take a toll on a season, I don’t care who it is. I can’t really comment on what happened last year with the Falcons. I can comment on that this year we’re going to improve. We’re going to be much better. We are going to be one of the teams that a lot of people don’t want to face.

Q: What was your role in Kansas City’s defense?

A: As far as the 3-4 back in Kansas City, I got started with that back in 2009. I had to understand how to two gap and play within the 3-4 defense. I had to understand what the defensive end’s role in that defense. Once I understood it, it took me a year or two to grasp that, then I felt like I perfected it and became one of the better defensive ends in the league in the 3-4 defense.

Q: Will the Falcons be able to turn things around like the Chiefs did last year?

A: It’s a new start. All 32 teams in our league will have the same goal. Everyone is going to be pushing for that Super Bowl. That’s the step that we are going to take. We are going to first take care of the NFC South. We are going to take care of our business there and we’re going to make a push in the playoffs and be a contender for the Super Bowl. That’s our plan.

Q: Have you thought about facing (New Orleans quarterback) Drew Brees and (Carolina quarterback) Cam Newton twice a year?

A: They are two talented quarterbacks. They are two different type of quarterbacks and they are both great in their own different ways. It’s going to be a challenge. Once we get together as a team, we’re going to come up with a great answer and come up with a great game plan for those guys.

Q: Why did you pick the Falcons?

A: I thought it was the best situation for me at the time. I had a few teams that were interested, but just looking at Atlanta and what they’ve been doing in the past and how high quality that they’ve been, I thought I could be a good addition to the team and help bring them a step closer to getting the ultimate goal.

Q: What other teams were interested in your services?

A: I got some words from the Dolphins, the Cleveland Browns and the Redskins. But ultimately I feel like I choose the best team. I’m sticking by my decision and I’m proud of it.

Q: Is it important to have a team with a defensive identity?

A: I think Seattle proved one thing in the Super Bowl, you need a defense in this league. No matter what the offenses are doing these days. There’s the option coming in, there is the read-zones and a lot of passing attacks and some teams are still doing it with traditional two-back sets, but no matter what, you still need a good defense out there to stop those guys. It’s simple. You have to stop the run in order to get after the quarterback. We are going to start taking care of that first and we are going to see what happens from there.

Q: How do you define toughness?

A: I think you define toughness as something that is constant. You don’t bend no matter what happens. As a group. That’s one of my favorite quotes, strike iron with iron. I think that’s the definition of toughness.

Q: How difficult was it for the Chiefs to deal with teammate Jevon Belcher killing himself in 2011?

A: It was just a sad situation. I’d just rather not talk about that. That’s just two grieving families right now.

Q: What’s your impression of Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox?

A: I just know Bryan from seeing him with other teams in the past. I knew him as a player and know that he played in the NFL for a long time. He’s been coaching for a long time. He’s worked with a lot of great players in the league and I’m looking forward to working with him. I’m pretty sure that he can help my game a whole lot with the insight that he has just from coaching for so many years. I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’m looking forward to working with him.

18 comments
WilliamCoit
WilliamCoit

LOL...I got some words from the Dolphins, the Cleveland Browns and the Redskins. NOBODY Wanted him expect the Falcons...I can't wait until Demitrof is FIRED. He keeps signing AVERAGE players and thats why were in the predicament now.

candlin14
candlin14

5 year contract???

Overpaid and to many years!!!  Nice job Pioli!!!! Thanks for making a statement fast! The ultimate game changer was Demarcus Ware. We still are relying on Trufant and Alford to cover top talented receivers??? How may 3rd down and 15+ yards did we give up last year???? Probably led the league in that embarrasing category!!!!

warfalcon
warfalcon

`` We are going to be one of the teams that a lot of people don’t want to face.``

        I like that statement !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  ``We are going to first take care of the NFC South.``

         I like this one too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

``You have to stop the run in order to get after the quarterback.``

         WOW another one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

`` Strike iron with iron.``

         That`s IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


                                           LETS GO FALCONS 

                                              2014 - 2015


CheFalconZay
CheFalconZay

Tyson will be great. Just be patient guys. We aren't the people who get paid to bring in players. Let's just see what happens. Let's be optimistic for a change.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

I don't care if the Falcons sign a big free agent, as long as they bring in guys who are tough mentally and physically. You know guys who make plays consistently.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Darrell.......Are the Falcons even considering the Drafts #1 playmaker....Sammy Watkins?

I know Hair-Gel sent the troops to Clemson again scouting another no-name alas Mallicah -- They had to see Watkins in action while there.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Jss....You're not gonna "DoomsDay" the saints for that ridiculous maneuver last night!!?

Something tells me had that been the Falcons blowing 50 mil on a guy who's never contributed to a winning team you'd be "Debbie Downing" the move.

The saints better hope they can keep Drew upright for 2 more yrs.

The Piper will be asking for payment before you know it. :(

gfw
gfw

Not known as a pass rusher, but still he has more meat on the bone than the smaller guys who got pushed around on run defense (for example, J. Abraham), and he should help us big-time there.  We paid the market price.  If he can stay motivated, we might have a good add here.

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

He's a Tiger that's going to get paid!   He won't earn it, but he's going to get paid!  

GEAUX  SAINTS!!!!

JSSN
JSSN

Well, he played 4-3 at LSU, now he has the 3-4 in his resume now. It will be interesting when the League sets the schedule. Especially when Nolan has to see a spread read option again. It will be revealing.

CheFalconZay
CheFalconZay

@BigCrimson75 you better pay attention. Mallicah got better as the season progressed. Both young defensive ends did. Why do you think we didn't rush to grab Jared Allen or Julius Peppers or any other free agent DE? Results are not always immediate, but progress is always good.

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75  

They are saying that the 2016 Cap is going to be $150M, so if they structure it right, who knows. Go look at Eugene Monroe's numbers.

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75  

Already has but that is their issue, the only person I question them dropping is Bunkley. However, his old CBA contract was over pay. They have issues. but this is not a Saints blog (I generally try to stay out of that pissing contest, unless it is a stupid Brees comment). That Robinson kid is like Thomas, he makes plays! 

Until I see the particulars on the Byrd deal (front load against back deal, and when the guarantees end), I withhold judgement. 

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Jss.....Do you like Byrd? How many winning teams did he play for in Buffalo? What were their numbers on Defense again? There's talent on their D....including their secondary with Leodis and Gilmore. They didn't seem to rush with the "TAG" this year. I'm glad it wasn't the Falcons firing 52 mil/34 guaranteed to the guy.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Still haven't paid that TE either, or is he a WR!?

The youngster at RB looks legit......not sure he's Curtis Martin, but he's impressive. Their gonna miss Sproles.

As Lt. Also Raines said in Inglorious Basterds, "if it sounds to good to be true, chances are it aint"!!

JSSN
JSSN

@DOrlandoLedbetter

That popped out at me too, but with Mike Nolan and his insistence on the scheme. Well, you were there when he steamed out that night they had so many assignment breakdowns. He's really going to have his teaching robe on, Cox too!

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75  

He (Robinson) doesn't need to be Martin. I guess the Saints think they found out they need to know when Sporles went down. Go look at Sporles after week 10 last year.

The thing about arbitrators is that he is going to look at Gronkowski's best year in most realities. What is Gronk getting paid? While Graham is in the vicinity of Gronk's breakout year he did not exceed it. It is gonna be a hard case.