Atlanta Falcons Draftee Grady Jarrett: I Love Coach Bryan Cox


It has been said endless times already, but Grady Jarrett could end up being the steal of this year’s NFL Draft. The Atlanta Falcons realized a coup by picking the former Clemson defensive tackle, arguably a first-round talent, with the 137th pick overall in the fifth round.

“He demands the best and he’s getting it out of us every day,” Jarrett said of Coach Cox.

Now, it is time to fit in the team. All appears to unfold well especially with Bryan Cox, his position coach on the defensive line.

Bryan Cox is known to be a tough and very demanding coach on the field, who talks without a filter and never holds back a comment. Atlanta Falcons fans came to know him during last summer’s HBO Hard Knocks documentary.

Jarrett is well aware of Cox’s personality and seems to enjoy the start of their relationship.

"“I love Coach Cox,” Jarrett admitted. “I had an opportunity to work with him a little bit before the draft at a local workout. Then, to come here and have him coach me every day is good. He demands the best and he’s getting it out of us every day.”"

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Jarrett follows the path of fellow defensive lineman, Ra’shede Hageman. The sophomore was put under the lights during last year’s trainingcCamp as Cox was molding the rookie. The coach made clear what he wanted to see from his players, loudly and explicitly, often with flowery language.

The same standard is applied for Jarrett, as the player was found to be the victim of the second-year coach.

"“That’s making me a better player,” Jarrett added. “You get here and you realize you have a lot of work to do. So I’m glad I have a coach like that to get me better.”"

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These scuffles are far from being a bad thing. As Jarrett described it, this kind of attitude helps the development of players.

Ra’shede Hageman entered the league raw and needed a lot of refinement. He started the season cold but as the year unfolded, the former Minnesota Gopher improved. He even had a great impact towards in last few games.

Hard work paid off, and the same results are expected from Jarrett.

Cox and Hageman share a strong relationship together. It would be a great news for the Falcons if Jarrett shares the same bond with his coach. Cox is talented and knows how to prepare athletes to NFL action.

Developing the two young players the same way could pay dividends quickly. And everyone knows the Atlanta Falcons would love a pass-rushing presence as soon as possible.

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