Posted: 5:25 pm Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai (96) looks up at the scoreboard during the final minutes of an NFL football game,  Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Miami.(AP Photo/Rhona Wise)

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai (96) looks up at the scoreboard during the final minutes of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Miami.(AP Photo/Rhona Wise)

Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, signed a five-year, $33 million dollar contract after becoming an unrestricted free agent. A total of $14 million of the deal is guaranteed.

The 340-pound former Pro Bowler is set to anchor the defense.

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

Q: Why did you pick the Falcons?

A: There were other teams, but I just thought it would be nice to come in a play for a wonderful organization. I think I feel comfortable just coming in and spending the rest of my time here in Atlanta and helping out.

Q: How do you see yourself fitting in the defense?

A: I willing to do whatever they want me to do. Wherever I have to play and whatever defense we are doing, I’m just here to do whatever they want.

Q: How’s your relationship with Mike Nolan and Bryant Cox?

A: It was great to see them (at dinner on Tuesday night). Both of them coached me when I was in Miami. Very good coaches. Coach Nolan, I have a great relationship with him. He kind of taught me how to play the position and I play it like that. He gives me a lot of advice. Everything went good last night. I’m just happy to be a Falcon. I’m happy to be here.

Q: Have you ever played in any defense besides a 3-4? Did you play in a 4-3 in college? Do you have a preference?

A: It really doesn’t matter. I’ve played is 3-4, 4-3. I doesn’t matter what defense it is. I’m really pumped and ready to play.

Q: Did the Falcons talk to you about controlling the line of scrimmage and doing a better job of that?

A: I think everybody will see that I really do all of my talking on the field. I try to take on double teams, get off my blocks and make plays. I came up here to help in whatever situation that they need me to do.

Q: What was your impression of the Falcons when they face the Dolphins last season in Miami?

A: It was a good game for both teams. It came down to the last plays. I didn’t play that game, but it was a great game by both teams. Great defense on both sides and offense.

Q: How much longer do you think you can play?

A: I really don’t know. I’m going to play until whenever. I really don’t think about the next yea. I’m worried about this year.

Q: After making the Pro Bowl in 2011, what do you have to do to get back to a Pro Bowl level?

A: I just have to play like I’m playing right now and make more plays. Whatever happens, happens. If the Pro Bowl comes and I’m in it, I’m in it. … I’m just thankful that I’m still playing.

Q: Is the (defensive tackle) over looked?

A: Yeah, it’s always over looked. They really don’t credit us with the doubles. That’s basically what we do, take on the double (teams) and our brothers will have the one-on-ones. Our main goal is to stop the run.

Q: Define what toughness means to you?

A: I don’t really have a term right now. My personal stuff, I do all of my talking on the field. That’s how I show my toughness.

Q: What do you know about head coach Mike Smith?

A: He’s a good coach. I’m excited to be playing for him. I’m just excited to be here.

Q: What are your plans for the rest of the offseason?

A: I’ll be back here to train with the rest of the fellas. I just have to go take care of some business, but I will be back in April to workout with the guys.

Q: What did you order at the restaurant last night?

A: I didn’t order too much, I still had jet lag.

Q: Where did you fly in from?

A: Salt Lake City.

Q: What’s your hair going to be like this season?

A: It’s still going to be the same.

10 comments
warfalcon
warfalcon

``  It doesn’t matter what defense it is. I’m really pumped and ready to play.``


`` I’m just happy to be a Falcon. I’m happy to be here.``


`` I think everybody will see that I really do all of my talking on the field.``


                                                                    LETS GO FALCONS 

                                                                         2014 - 2015

CheFalconZay
CheFalconZay

Great addition to the staff. Go look at the run defense numbers when we had the Grady Train. An older Grady at that. This guy is indeed more athletic, and has the ability to actually make a play on the ball as opposed to just taking a double team and that's it. Perhaps we could add some depth with Isaac Sopoaga (sp) as well. All the big bodies will help. And then honestly, we could get TWO good pass rushers in the draft. The draft is that deep this year.

FALCONSFANBC
FALCONSFANBC

im sure he has a lot on his mind, but do you think he will play more than just first/second down snaps on 3-4 alignment? I watched two of MIA's games and he didn't play that many snaps (vs patriots and vs carolina)

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

This dude is huge. He'll be a big asset to the middle of our defense. I'm excited about him collapsing the pocket. We haven't had a guy his size since Grady Jackson although Jackson might have been a bit bigger pushing closer to 350 and more fat. Soliai is a lot more athletic than people want to give him credit for as well. Good pick up. Was a Pro Bowler under Mike Nolan so the guy can play.

gfw
gfw

I always liked him.  Big, tough stuffer.  The only questions are the obvious ones:  1) how much gas does he have left in the tank? and 2) can he stay healthy?  Time will tell.

JSSN
JSSN

At the constant complainer...Depends on what you're looking for.

"I think I feel comfortable just coming in and spend the rest of my time here in Atlanta and helping out." - on how long he'll continue playing

"It really doesn’t matter. I’ve played is 3-4, 4-3. I doesn’t matter what defense it is." - Debunks the persistent (all in) 3-4 myth.

"I think everybody will see that I really do all of my talking on the field." - this gonna be like pulling teeth (wait till he gets a load of Weatherspoon's act)

"I’m going to play until whenever. I really don’t think about the next yea. I’m worried about this year." - will he be a vocal presence in the media or locker room

"That’s basically what we do, take on the double (teams) and our brothers will have the one-on-ones. Our main goal is to stop the run." - told you what he's here for

"My personal stuff, I do all of my talking on the field. That’s how I show my toughness." - regarding toughness (he's a shower, not a glower)

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

He looks like somebody Incognito abused too,  in more ways than one.   He'll be on injured reserve by week four.   

GEAUX  SAINTS!!!

JSSN
JSSN

Ha ha, Ledbetter, kept that one of the lite side with the big man!

He did say one thing that should be a concern to any football fan:

"I didn’t play that game, but it was a great game by both teams."

He's got to stay healthy! And can this staff keep him fit and healthy?

DOrlandoLedbetter
DOrlandoLedbetter moderator

@JSSN Big man wasn't a very good interviewee. Notice early on, that he didn't have much to say too us.Tyson Jackson (just posted that one) was much better. Asamoah was the best of the three. 

Hemmorid_Sufferer_2
Hemmorid_Sufferer_2

@DOrlandoLedbetter @JSSN  


Notice early on, that he didn't have much to say too us.


Do you misspell words on purpose? If not, tell me who your teachers in high school were so I can punch them.