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And none of you have ever seen Lofton get in a player's face or rally on the sideline? I know I have.

I brought up Matt Ryan because if not for those videos from NFL.com, you'd have precisely what you have for Lofton, hearsay about his leadership.

Lofton was more of a silent leader.

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Not really. It should be noticeable every single game from the leader of the defense, especially if you want to deem someone a good or a great leader. Its an intangible thing to try and measure to begin with but if he did it so often it wouldn't be argued.

How often do people notice Matt Ryan "leading" if not for those NFL.com videos? The camera rarely pans to the sidelines and focuses on inner-team banter like that. Up until he left, it was never questioned by anyone on here. The fact that people are saying TD, Smith, and players on this team are full of **** when they called him a leader tells me that for most, this whole thing is personal rather than trying to make an accurate summary of the guy.

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Lofton was more of a silent leader.

Now really where does anyone get that?

I could see people saying someone is a leader because they see him hyping up his guys or punishing them for mistakes but if a guy is just out there playing without much interaction with other players couldnt anyone be a "silent leader"? The same could be said for Ray Edwards or William Moore and it would have just as much basis except they dont play the leadership position.

How often do people notice Matt Ryan "leading" if not for those NFL.com videos? The camera rarely pans to the sidelines and focuses on inner-team banter like that. Up until he left, it was never questioned by anyone on here. The fact that people are saying TD, Smith, and players on this team are full of **** when they called him a leader tells me that for most, this whole thing is personal rather than trying to make an accurate summary of the guy.

I notice it pretty often, can't speak for everyone else. You notice it after plenty of plays during the game when something bad happens and he does what QB (natural leaders) do and take the blame or tell his player its all good. Every time we lose on 3rd down look at his reaction. or like someone else said when he runs the no huddle in crunch situations.

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Anyone else BOOOOOO out loud and said " SCREW YOU LOFTON!" I chanted that for about 20 seconds, I could of gone for longer.

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And none of you have ever seen Lofton get in a player's face or rally on the sideline? I know I have.

I brought up Matt Ryan because if not for those videos from NFL.com, you'd have precisely what you have for Lofton, hearsay about his leadership.

I have talked personally with Lofton on 2 separate occasions. He is a very quiet person. I went to many BC games. I have said this a lot. Jesuit schools , I have met Ryan a few times. I had good tickets. He has it , for me at least.

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I have to admit that if we were definitely running the BBDB system I'd be a bit more irritated that Lofton is gone. Personnel wise we have a system that uses undersized guys so have a finisher at MLB is important.

That said, I'm sorry to say that Nolan typically uses playmaker MLB's. Yet and still we don't have one that we know of, but Dent can stand to learn this system. I hope someone pans out...even Peterson in the middle, but who is to really say yet?

I wanted to go for a LB in the 5th, but we got a FB. I would have thought anything but FB in the 5th. Snelling was a good FB/RB and we got him in the 7th...PLUS I thought he and Cox would be fine duking it out if we had taken a guy like Polk in the UDFA.

Who knows. Lofton is gone and I wasn't big on him after year 2.

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I have to admit that if we were definitely running the BBDB system I'd be a bit more irritated that Lofton is gone. Personnel wise we have a system that uses undersized guys so have a finisher at MLB is important.

That said, I'm sorry to say that Nolan typically uses playmaker MLB's. Yet and still we don't have one that we know of, but Dent can stand to learn this system. I hope someone pans out...even Peterson in the middle, but who is to really say yet?

I wanted to go for a LB in the 5th, but we got a FB. I would have thought anything but FB in the 5th. Snelling was a good FB/RB and we got him in the 7th...PLUS I thought he and Cox would be fine duking it out if we had taken a guy like Polk in the UDFA.

Who knows. Lofton is gone and I wasn't big on him after year 2.

I think he uses Spoon in that spot.

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That said, I'm sorry to say that Nolan typically uses playmaker MLB's.

That's the biggest thing imo. We'll never know if how much of a leader he was but we can say he wasnt a playmaker at MLB which is why the rest of the the NFL never talked about him even though he was playing well. He remember him saying before last year his goal was to make more game changing plays. Lofton was good but why be content?

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How often do people notice Matt Ryan "leading" if not for those NFL.com videos? The camera rarely pans to the sidelines and focuses on inner-team banter like that. Up until he left, it was never questioned by anyone on here. The fact that people are saying TD, Smith, and players on this team are full of **** when they called him a leader tells me that for most, this whole thing is personal rather than trying to make an accurate summary of the guy.

It isn't personal the guy just hasn't shown any leadership. It's not because of a lack of evidence. On the contrary, all the evidence would lead you to believe he's not one. Our defense consistently had no character and displayed no toughness when it mattered most. We were regularly outmuscled and were quick to give up on a game. I watched every episode of D-Block and it was apparent that Peterson was the leader of that squad. Spoon seemed like one of the leaders as well. As far as Lofton is concerned, even Nicholas was more vocal than he was.

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It isn't personal the guy just hasn't shown any leadership. It's not because of a lack of evidence. On the contrary, all the evidence would lead you to believe he's not one. Our defense consistently had no character and displayed no toughness when it mattered most. We were regularly outmuscled and were quick to give up on a game. I watched every episode of D-Block and it was apparent that Peterson was the leader of that squad. Spoon seemed like one of the leaders as well. As far as Lofton is concerned, even Nicholas was more vocal than he was.

So because he wasn't loud on D-block and because our defense didn't play to your liking, what our GM, HC, and players have said means nothing. Got it.

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What nobody here has mentioned yet is the Saints are going to use Lofton differently than the Falcons did. The Saints are an offensive based team. They are going to score 31+ on average per game. The typical gameplan against the Saints the past few years has been to run the ball, control the clock and limit the amount of times the offense has the ball. Lofton is a run stopping specialist. The Saints added him and Broderick Bunkley to get bigger up the middle against the run. As a Saints fan I am happy to have Lofton and look forward to his contributions this season.

As for the Falcons, replacing your leading tackler for the past 4 years with an unproven 2nd year player may lead to a much larger problem than many guys on here are willing to admit.

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So because he wasn't loud on D-block and because our defense didn't play to your liking, what our GM, HC, and players have said means nothing. Got it.

He might of been a leader. He was not the leader this team needed. This is of course my opinion. This team has needs a leader like Spoon or Samuel can bring. If I am wrong , then I am wrong. I think I am right. We don't need a quiet guy anymore. We need that guy who will challenge Ryan every play. We need that guy who will hold everyone accountable every play. Lofton was one of my favorites. I had to retire a jersey. I think we are a better team now. I don't think that means we're better because of losing Lofton. I think that through a long list of changes this off season we are in a better place to win.

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What nobody here has mentioned yet is the Saints are going to use Lofton differently than the Falcons did. The Saints are an offensive based team. They are going to score 31+ on average per game. The typical gameplan against the Saints the past few years has been to run the ball, control the clock and limit the amount of times the offense has the ball. Lofton is a run stopping specialist. The Saints added him and Broderick Bunkley to get bigger up the middle against the run. As a Saints fan I am happy to have Lofton and look forward to his contributions this season.

As for the Falcons, replacing your leading tackler for the past 4 years with an unproven 2nd year player may lead to a much larger problem than many guys on here are willing to admit.

1. Lofton is a player who will be used the same in every system. That is the whole idea of a player who can only do so much. I can see him in different looks but in the end. I see it being the same thing.

2. I unlike many of my fellow Falcon fans trust my coaches. I trust my GM. To the average person you might think that means I am your normal Homer. I am not. I wish you could of heard me talk when I was a git in the early 90s. That is when I had an agenda. Loosing Lofton although painful is not the end of the world. He was a great LB. Nothing I would ever cry about.

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So because he wasn't loud on D-block and because our defense didn't play to your liking, what our GM, HC, and players have said means nothing. Got it.

It's not just that he wasn't loud. You can usually get alot by looking at someone's demeanor, posture, and general way of behaving. Nothing I saw made me think he was anything more than a follower. As far as the defense is concerned, Ray Lewis has never let his defenses play inconsistently. Ray Lewis doesn't let his defenses choke away games and he doesn't allow his teammates to come into primetime games unfocused. That's what a leader does. Those are just some of the reasons and not all of them.

What our coach says in an interview should not be taken as gospel. Smith has also sang the praises of JA98, Adam Jennings, Sam Baker, Peria Jerry, Ben Hartsock, and Chris Houston. Did you believe him everytime?

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Again, he's been shown getting in people's faces and riling people up on the sideline, and he's been characterized as a leader by our GM, HC, and other players. It's also ridiculous to knock Smith on this. There's a difference between being positive and not throwing a player under a bus and going out of your way to specifically characterize a player as a leader.

At the end of the day, you can think what you want based off your TV based psycho-analysis, but I'm confident I can go up to Flowery Branch and ask the guys that played and coached along side of him if he was a leader on that team, and they'd say yes, just like they have before.

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Show me evidence of Matt Ryan leading.

It's been said by many people in our organization starting from the GM down to the players. Unless you're calling them liars, stop arguing it.

I told that clown months ago to just Google Lofton/leader of the defense and see what he gets. Apparently he still hasn't.

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Again, he's been shown getting in people's faces and riling people up on the sideline, and he's been characterized as a leader by our GM, HC, and other players. It's also ridiculous to knock Smith on this. There's a difference between being positive and not throwing a player under a bus and going out of your to specifically characterize a player as a leader.

At the end of the day, you can think what you want based off your TV based psycho-analysis, but I'm confident I can go up to Flowery Branch and ask the guys that played and coached along side of him if he was a leader on that team, and they'd say yes, just like they have before.

Atlanta needs Spoon and Samuel. We need energy. Lofton can lead his way all he wants. IMO we need the opposite.

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Where is the " The Gambalor" or w/e when he would fit in? That guy is so far gone I lmao.

Hahaha I seriously laughed to this. "Sir Gamblor" That dude would accuse everyone who disagreed with him as a Popeye's employee.

On topic: Lofton was great at tackling for us, something that might be missed. He's gone now and that's ok though.

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