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Lofton says he and Vilma will work well together in New Orleans

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When the Saints signed middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, it raised questions about what kind of future middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma has in New Orleans.

But for his part, Lofton says he and Vilma can be effective on the field together: Lofton told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he talked to Vilma after signing with the Saints and liked what he heard.

“One thing about me, I don’t have an ego. And I know Jonathan doesn’t have an ego,” Lofton said. “When I was on my visit, they asked, ‘Are you just set on playing middle?’ And I said, ‘No, what I’m set on is winning games and winning championships.’ And Vilma said the same thing. We both just said we want to win. And he said he’s just glad they’re brining in playmakers who can help us win.”

Of course, there are a couple of complications. The first is that Vilma may be suspended for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal. Given how hard NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came down on Sean Payton and Gregg Williams, the Saints have to be bracing themselves for a lengthy suspension for Vilma as well, because Vilma is viewed as the most culpable of any Saints players. It may be several games into the season before Vilma and Lofton can get on the field together.

The other complication is that Saints head coach Sean Payton will be suspended for the entire year, and G.M. Mickey Loomis will be suspended for the first eight games of the regular season, and we don’t yet know who the coach and G.M. will be once the regular season gets underway, and whether they’ll want Vilma.

At the moment, however, the Saints think they can make the most of both Lofton’s and Vilma’s talents. And Lofton likes that.

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28 Responses to “Lofton says he and Vilma will work well together in New Orleans”
  1. talkintrashallday says: Mar 25, 2012 5:45 PM

    And by working he means – Vilma is suspended and he takes his starting spot…

  2. bunjy96 says: Mar 25, 2012 5:45 PM

    Sure he will cause Goodell will suspend Vilma.

  3. suckmyhawk says: Mar 25, 2012 5:49 PM

    Seeing how Vilma will be suspended.

  4. ckualii says: Mar 25, 2012 5:51 PM

    Lofton says he and Vilma will work well together in New Orleans……………..

    because one guy will be playing and one will be suspended for the year and/ or released

  5. TSizzleBallSoHard says: Mar 25, 2012 5:51 PM

    Vilma will be suspended for at least this whole year and I wouldn’t be surprised if he got banned for life.

  6. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 25, 2012 5:54 PM

    No they won’t

  7. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 25, 2012 5:55 PM

    Solid Linebackers for Spags. Should be interesting.
    Payton was the offensive mastermind. If Brees is there he can definitely help the offense retain a lot of it’s potent firepower through the air. Gameplanning will be difficult however without Payton’s creativity.

    Even if the offense isn’t burning up opponents at a record setting pace, if they were only 75% of what they were last year and they have a much improved defense the Saints could still be a force in the NFC.

    I know the rest of the NFC South was happy to see Payton suspended but that might not be good for them to let their guard down.

  8. ascensionparish says: Mar 25, 2012 5:56 PM

    I just can’t envision a scenario where both Vilma and Lofton can exist on this team. The salaries alone make one scratch his head. Plus, Vilma just got off crutches a couple of weeks ago. Then you add in the possible punishment to JV.

    But then again, I’m not a coach or a GM.

  9. saintsfan1111 says: Mar 25, 2012 5:56 PM

    Vilma will be done for at least a year. I expect the saints to cut him.

  10. theallegedone says: Mar 25, 2012 5:59 PM

    Yeah, they will work together to clean out Vilma’s locker after he receives his INDEFINITE SUSPENSION and likely release.

  11. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 25, 2012 6:00 PM

    Vilma’s gonna be suspended for the year.. or at least 8 games.. you heard it here first.

  12. chargerdillon says: Mar 25, 2012 6:02 PM

    I hear they’re changing the Saints name to the Bounty Hunters this year

  13. indyseriesnick says: Mar 25, 2012 6:03 PM

    if he dont get suspended…

  14. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 25, 2012 6:05 PM

    6 rings

  15. jjrs89 says: Mar 25, 2012 6:10 PM

    Anytime i hear his name I imagine Fred flinstone screaming “VILMA!!!!!!!”

  16. cmarsh64 says: Mar 25, 2012 6:10 PM

    I would be surprised if Vilma wasn’t suspended at least a year since his name was mentioned several times as someone putting up big dollars.
    If Payton got a year and didn’t put up the money Vilma should get that and more.

  17. andyreidisfat says: Mar 25, 2012 6:13 PM

    Putting suspensions aside, from a football perspective it’s not a bad move. Vilma can move to an outside spot and lofton takes over the middle.

    I do expect jv to be gone for the year atleast though and I think the saints do too.

    Also I am starting to question the fact that lofton is that good. He was supposedly the top MLB out there with a few teams desperate for a middle backer and yet it took a team losing its MLB for the year for him to get a deal.

    Heck the eagles were desperate enough to trade a draft pick ( they never do that ) for a MLB who while better also probably costs more than lofton would have.

  18. vilelabyrinth says: Mar 25, 2012 6:20 PM

    vilma wont be playing. LOL

  19. philwauke says: Mar 25, 2012 6:34 PM

    if you read the whole story Lofton said he wanted to go somewhere where he could play for super bowls and had true fans. No joke.

  20. neovenator250 says: Mar 25, 2012 6:42 PM

    ILB market was just slow this year. Not as bad as the RB market, but still slow

  21. stadanko says: Mar 25, 2012 6:46 PM

    “…we don’t yet know who the coach and G.M. will be once the regular season gets underway, and whether they’ll want Vilma.”

    I’m pretty sure Loomis will have this all figured out when he starts his suspension. Don’t look for the interim GM to make any big moves and the defensive coach is Spags. He’ll be the one deciding if he wants to use Vilma and I’m sure that will also be figured out long before Loomis is on suspension.

  22. kylemc1986 says: Mar 25, 2012 7:17 PM

    Vilma’s already put a bounty out on lofton

  23. superdomehunters says: Mar 25, 2012 7:22 PM

    I’d bet a rich mans wallet they retain Vilma, regardless of the suspension

  24. squidlips82 says: Mar 25, 2012 7:24 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 25, 2012 6:05 PM

    6 rings

    Steelers got some catching up to do

  25. vikingdoode says: Mar 25, 2012 7:37 PM

    Saints should have to pay out vilmas contract but donated to local food shelfs in the names of the targeted players.

  26. duece5 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:29 PM

    matthewcarlson1 says:Mar 25, 2012 6:00 PM

    Vilma’s gonna be suspended for the year.. or at least 8 games.. you heard it here first

    duece5 says:

    Uhhh…….I read it AT LEAST 10 times before YOU and days ago that Vilma will probably be submitted for the year!

    Thanks for the “insight”.

  27. rabbdogg says: Mar 25, 2012 10:53 PM

    why are vikeQUEENS fans always chiming in with what they “think” should happen to the saints players..vikeQUEENS …u lost..take it like a man..hope yo team gets their game up instead of hoping other teams players are magicly gone…that wont make the vikings any better..they will still suck monkeys

  28. numba1dunna says: Mar 25, 2012 11:07 PM

    wah wah wah, i am a fan of any other NFL team and every saint player should be banned for life and never play again and they shouldn’t be allowed to watch football or even talk about it ever again…get over it, lots of people want to hate, but the fact of the matter is that good FAs like this want to play in New Orleans, can any vikings fans say the same…nope

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