Our "RISE UP!" mantra rings true for every player on the Falcons' roster. We need every player - from Matt Bosher to Kerry Meier - to live it, learn it, love it. But it's especially important for Sean Weatherspoon to do so.
Weatherspoon will by key to the Falcons defense with the departure of middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. Weatherspoon had 125 tackles (84 solo, 41 assists) last season, including a team-high 14 tackles for a loss. He was second only to Lofton (159) in tackles.
We can ill afford any sort of regression on his part. If he doesn't take this defense in his hands, the consequences could be dire. Nobody will die, but another one and done could present some real problems for this team. The learning curve has exhausted it's welcome and the time for results is now.
I'm not saying Spoon will make or break us on his own. But he could make this defense work, and work well. If he does, we're bound to kick butt and take names. If you're reading this Spoon, please eat your Wheaties. In fact, eat a double serving.