Hmmm... something is happening in the Atlanta franchise, that just doesn't seem quite right...
As EVERY Falcon fan knows, Mike Nolan is our new Defensive coordinator. As most know also, he was in Miami last year.
If any of you have been keeping up with news out of the organization over the past couple of weeks, maybe even a month about, I would have to say some of decisions that they say will be carried out our somewhat questionable. I am not in the Front Office, so I do not know all of their plans and how they will go together.
One of the most notable ones in the last few days has been Mike Nolan's decision to limit Curtis Lofton if he returns to ATL. Stating that he does not think that Lofton is good in coverage. I will not completely go against that statement. Another thing, you must remember though is the coverage schemes of BVG (remember trying to cover Harvin with Lofton? What an Idiot!). I mean if everybody thinks that Dunta can become relevant again with Nolan, why can't Lofton get better in coverage? I mean if we resign him at least we don't have to worry about having a presence in the middle.
Another piece of news that came across my mind, Mike Nolan has been talking to a player he recently coached. That player being Channing Crowder. Channing Crowder has stated subliminally, if you ask me, that he is better than Lofton. I do not know about anybody else's opinion, but mine is this: 5-0 is way better than Crowder. One) he has more productive numbers as a pure LB. Two) Crowder has been sitting out a whole season of football. That seriously worries me. Three) Our team actually has chemistry with big 5-0. Crowder is a loudmouth that could come in and mess up the mojo in the core of our D. I honestly don't know what makes Mike Nolan so interested in the guy.
This brings up another point, I think most fans of the Falcons would have to agree in saying that they would love to see Lofton come back. Spoon and Lofton are an underrated force to be reckoned with.
I think that Mike Nolan knows this is how most fans feel about Lofton. He doesn't want to be hated by his new team's fans, so he came up with a reason to have people get turned off to resigning Lofton. Plus, if you were Lofton, would you want to stay with a team and DC that has stated he is about to cut your playing time? Especially since he is about to be in the prime of his career? I think no player would want to be in that position. I honestly really think that Nolan wants us to make serious push for Crowder. I think he wants to anchor his D around somebody that he is familiar with. I have no problem with that, as long as he just comes out and announces he is displeased with the play of Lofton. I admire honesty, even if it is harsh.
I just want to know how other Falcon fans feel about this issue. I don't like the play of Crowder and I don't like the character he either displays or tries to portray. I would much rather have Lofton. Just my two cents.