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Good article on Lofton and offseason


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A week after the 2012 regular season ended, LB Curtis Lofton went on a weeklong cruise with teammates, Jed Collins, Brian de la Puente, David Hawthorne and Chris Ivory. Lofton said the trip allowed the group to decompress and get away from everything after a disappointing season.










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goatmilker
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In 2012, Lofton led the Saints in tackles with 157 stops (94 solo), adding a sack, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and ten passes defensed. Lofton's 157 tackles was the highest total by a Saints defender since 1997 and the second-highest since 1986


To Mr Lofton






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re: Good article on Lofton and offseason


I'd say Lofton was a fairly good pickup.





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Patrick O Rly
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"I have spoken with (Rob Ryan) a few times and I love having him," said Lofton. "As a player, you want a coach that's confident, knows what he is talking about and put's everything in black and white. He is a very personable. He is a player's coach. If you have a suggestion, he will listen to it. I like that about him.


Throwing Spags under the bus.






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windshieldman
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re: Good article on Lofton and offseason


Lofton is very underrated by the league. I also believe Hawthorne is still gonna be good this year. I was actually more excited about him than Lofton last year when he signed.





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Thracken13
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re: Good article on Lofton and offseason


LOL to the Falcon fans that said he wouldn't be anything special for us.





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bountyhunter
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re: Good article on Lofton and offseason


If he's able to maintain this level of success after the switch to a 3-4, then I'll be very impressed. He has been a great acquisition for the team though.





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SaintLSUnAtl
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re: Good article on Lofton and offseason


If Hawthorne can stay healthy we should have a pretty solid pair of ilb. If junior and Tez can play to the level they've flash glimpses of I think we will have a damn good front 7





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Hoodoo Man
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I know the dude has it in him to be awesome.

It's unfortunate that his stats don't look so good after last year.
The revolving door on our DL last season really made him look way worse than he is.






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CocoLoco
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He is a player's coach



The biggest factor into me thinking that the defense will be much improved. Gregg Williams was also a player's coach. They will make some plays.






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blueslover
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re: Good article on Lofton and offseason


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The biggest factor into me thinking that the defense will be much improved.

-Payton has mentioned RR's aggressive style. The transition from the Gibbs bend but don't break to GW's attacking style was key towards winning a SB. For me it was just a matter that GW got overly aggressive to the point of being predictable. Spags was somewhat aggressive but it was a scheme predicated on read and react. Having a poor pass rushing front is what doomed that (and why it did so well for NYG).

-Now that we see a 3-4 coming, the personnel fit is obvious. If there was an All Pro for a 3-4DE I think Jordan will be one. Galette & Tez Wilson being more that spot/role players is key also. I'd throw in PRob as well. He was drafted cuz of his proficiency in press/man style of play. Spags scheme hurt him more than any other player. Also think that RR will make best use of Harper's skill set similarly as GW did.






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Suntiger
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GW got overly aggressive to the point of being predictable.


I think he knew what he had talent wise and did the best he could. An injured Vilma with Shanle and an aging Will Smith next to Turd Ellis isn't much to work with.

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Spags was somewhat aggressive but it was a scheme predicated on read and react.


Spags just sucked. I don't think I liked anything the man did. Actually, I don't think he did much.

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If there was an All Pro for a 3-4DE I think Jordan will be one.


Agreed. He's become a very solid player.

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Galette & Tez Wilson being more that spot/role players is key also.


Galette did well when he got to play last year. I think the 3-4 fits them better, but I hope they aren't the Cie Grant of this defense where we are just waiting for them to find thier spot. Wilson has played every position for us besides CB & S at this point.

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I'd throw in PRob as well. He was drafted cuz of his proficiency in press/man style of play.


Agreed to a certain extent. He has the talent, he just needs to get better ball skills.

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Also think that RR will make best use of Harper's skill set similarly as GW did.


I'm hoping Harper, IAQ and Jenkins all see a better year this year. Jenkins has skills and hustles, I'm just not sure what the problem was last year.






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blueslover
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re: Good article on Lofton and offseason


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Spags just sucked. I don't think I liked anything the man did. Actually, I don't think he did much.


I questioned some of his personnel moves highly as well. We know Loomis isn't a talent evaluator primarily. I think they get and use players that the coaches make the calls on. Like-

Why the hell was Corey white thrown into the fire so mercilessly? Elbert mack was cut at the end of camp. He was later brought back and proved to be a passable (is that a saints D pun?) slot guy. Mack at the season's start might have turned some of the 0-4 start around.

Barrett Ruud- they gave up a 7th Rd pick and by my memory never even gave him any substantial shot at any reps. Then he went on to Houston and played regularly in Cushing's place after he was injured.

Hicks/Ellis- I wanted Fatass out early but there was absolutely no reason for him to get one more rep after playoff elimination. Hicks has some skills that more reps would have honed for this year.






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DoubleDown
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re: Good article on Lofton and offseason


Think you missed the boat on what we said. We always said he was a good linebacker, just that he wasn't spectacular in pass coverage.

He was one of, if not the best, linebacker ATL had until 'Spoon. We just got torched a lot when he was in pass coverage.






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djrunner
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re: Good article on Lofton and offseason


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Galette did well when he got to play last year. I think the 3-4 fits them better, but I hope they aren't the Cie Grant of this defense where we are just waiting for them to find thier spot. Wilson has played every position for us besides CB & S at this point.


Wilson has played two postitions, OLB and DE...? WTF you talking about?
Wilson will be > than Galette in my opinion.






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Fat Bastard
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Throwing Spags under the bus.




confirmation bias






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TwoDatBait
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re: Good article on Lofton and offseason


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Lofton led the Saints in tackles with 157 stops (94 solo), adding a sack, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and ten passes defensed. Lofton's 157 tackles was the highest total by a Saints defender since 1997 and the second-highest since 1986.


Good thing he is only a 3rd down back......THX ATL






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DoubleDown
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Good thing he is only a 3rd down back......THX ATL

I don't even know where to begin.






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