I won’t write about Bountygate…I won’t write about Bountygate…I won’t write about Bountygate…
How is it that some shmoe living in Raceland, Louisiana and writing for the itty bitty Houma Coo-re-ay consistently out-writes not only the hacks at the Times-Picayune, but just about everyone on the national scene?
Mike Detillier is serious about what he does. He pays attention. He digs. He draws on experience. He’s not always right, of course, but he’s always worth reading (until I disagree with him, the idiot).
I don’t disagree with him this time. Lofton or Vilma is the question, and Detillier comes down firmly on the side of Lofton. So does everyone he talks to. If the question were, Lofton now or Vilma at his peak, it would be a no-brainer: Vilma, every time. Dude could hit, he could cover, he had an almost Singletary-esque ability to see what the offense was going to do in critical situations. Lofton is very, very good; and as of now, he’s probably even better in pass coverage than Vilma. It only remains to be seen if he can step right into the same leadership role—he is, after all, not only a new guy but a Falcon, and if I were a player that would take some getting used to.
But he’s probably going to be a better middle linebacker than Vilma could be at this stage. It hurts to write that, but I think it’s true. So does just about everyone. And I hope that when Vilma comes back, he’s burning to prove us all wrong.
Detillier also gives us some more info on Saints’ third-round bust Akiem Hicks. Regina Rams head coach Frank McCrystal is awfully high on this wasted pick. According to McCrystal, Hicks’ failure to completely dominate at the college level is all on his coaches. What’s more, the rules of Canadian football held him back:
The field is wider, longer and he had to play one yard off the line of scrimmage and blocking schemes could negate some of his skills. You put Akiem head-up on an offensive lineman in this league, and he takes over completely.
Yeah, sure. Who am I supposed to believe: his coach and some guy from Raceland, or football gods like Pete Prisco? Everyone knows that the Saints had a miserable draft and Hicks was an epic reach. Just like they know Roger Goodell is telling the truth about Bountygate.
Damn! So close!