- Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer
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In talking to Weatherspoon a few weeks ago, he seemed eager to get the season started, no matter how the Falcons align. He said his knee is fine coming off the injury from last season, which did not require surgery.
And in terms of the Falcons moving toward more of a 3-4 base, Weatherspoon has no issue with it.
"Ever since [defensive coordinator] Mike Nolan has been here, we've fiddled around with the 3-4 alignments a lot,'' Weatherspoon said. "The thing is, that alignment has helped us a lot. I feel like, in the run game, it really helped us at times. We're becoming accustomed to doing it a little bit more. I think we're going to be a defense that's capable of doing both 3-4 and 4-3. I think that can help you in the long run.
"With my role, they just got the big nose tackle [Paul Soliai] to cover up some gaps, so that's awesome right there. But I still see myself playing inside in the 3-4 system and in the 4-3, being outside. But that's basically what I've been doing anyway, so it's no big deal.''
Weatherspoon raved about Soliai and the other guys up front.
"Bringing in somebody of that caliber, I've seen him over the years and the way he's been playing,'' Weatherspoon said of Soliai. "He's a big guy and real big for run-stopping. He'll whip up on the center, and that's the apex of the offense. So I think that's something that can be great.
"We signed all our defensive tackles back from last year [Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters, Peria Jerry]. Bringing those three guys back along with [Soliai] and bringing a big guy on the outside in [defensive end] Tyson Jackson ... they made some moves, man. It's definitely saying that we're active and we want to turn things around.''