He was the Saints’ prize catch during the off season a year ago, and now he's gearing up for off season workouts. Saints Linebacker Curtis Lofton is all business all the time, but the Black and Gold tackling machine took time to chat with Bobby and Deke on Sports Talk earlier this week.
Lofton is coming off a season in which he had 123 tackles, which is what the star linebacker has averaged each season he has played in the National Football League. Through five NFL seasons Curtis Lofton has racked up 615 total tackles. Lofton forced two fumbles, recovered both and also had one sack in his first season in a Black and Gold Uniform.
Curtis played his first four seasons in the league with the Falcons and New Orleans was able to sign Lofton during last off-season.
"Individually, I think I had a pretty good season. But, not about me,” Lofton told us. “It's about the team and we did not finish the season the way we wanted to last year. "
Curtis went on to talk about what he's currently doing to get ready for the season and his new defensive boss.
"Coach Ryan has had a lot of success in this league. He's an aggressive coach and I am looking forward to working with him this season." Coach Ryan will switch the Saints defense to a 3-4 scheme, which is just fine with Lofton.
As our conversation continued, I asked Curtis what he thought the strength of his game is. "I'm a sideline to sideline type player. I try and make plays all over the field,” he said. “I'd have to say sideline to sideline."
Lofton went on to talk about his role as being a leader on the field for the Saints, what he wants to improve on this season and how much improvement the Saints defense can make this season.
"I think we can improve a lot. We have good players and we are all looking forward to getting back on the field next month."