Atlanta Falcons: Curtis Lofton says Saints don’t consider Falcons rivals

By Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH—To get a taste of the disdain the Falcons feel for the Saints, just mention the fact that New Orleans has won 11 of the last 13 games in the series including a 31-27 victory on Nov. 11.

“We got tired of hearing about it,” Falcons running back Michael Turner said today.

Asked if the Saints and Atlanta’s rivals, Turner said: “I think there is no question about that. You can see the difference in intensity when we play them.”

But, to hear Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton tell it, the seething isn’t as strong on the other side.

Lofton signed with the Saints as a free agent last offseason after playing four seasons with the Falcons. He said he’s noticed a difference in how the Saints perceive the Falcons as opposed to the other way around.

“Being here in this program, I feel like they see it as a divisional game, not a rivalry game,” Lofton said.

The Saints’ dismissal of the Falcons as a worthy rival is the latest chapter in a long history of trash talk between the NFC South foes. The insults boiled over before and after the last game.

The Saints alleged that Falcons players Sean Weatherspoon and Joanthan Babineaux walked through their pregame warmup talking trash to Lofton and continued to do so during the game. Lofton said Tuesday that the pregame incident was a “fact.”

Saints linebacker Scott Shanle called Atlanta’s pregame antics “classless.” In the days after the game, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said the trash talk directed at Lofton was playful but Lofton didn’t seem to take it that way.

“For me, personally, I prefer to go out and do my job and keep my mouth shut and let my actions speak for me instead of words,” Lofton said Tuesday. “Some guys love to yap back and forth. It just depends the type person you are.”

White further angered the Saints with his postgame comments.

“It’s not like they came out here and won a game,” White said. “I think we kind of gave it to them.”

Shanle told Yahoo Sports that the Saints “still own” the Falcons said they are their “little brothers.”

“I think part of your job as a professional is to take a loss and give the other team the credit.” Lofton said Tuesday. “You don’t just say, ‘We gave them a win.’”

White declined to speak to reporters when approached in the locker room on Tuesday.

128 comments Add your comment

brimetime

November 27th, 2012
8:19 pm

4BsihTneeS

November 27th, 2012
8:21 pm

Not rivals….little brothers is more like it. And they’re going to kick their little brothers’ rear ends again on Thursday night.

Him downstairs

November 27th, 2012
8:23 pm

Him downstairs

November 27th, 2012
8:23 pm

Damn…I’m late…lol

hind tit

November 27th, 2012
8:39 pm

Where have these guys been. It’s been a war for forty years.

Big Rod

November 27th, 2012
8:46 pm

Falcons still lead the series and we will extend our lead on Thursday Night Football!!

RedandBlackPeachy

November 27th, 2012
8:47 pm

Curtis Lofton is the only player on either side to spout that nonsense. Other players on both sides have talked about this being a rivalry. So perhaps he is just clueless.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

November 27th, 2012
8:48 pm

Yeah lofton sure has shown wat he can do in that defense good riddens if you ask me, shanle and vilma are two biggest little b**ches ive ever seen oh cry like a little baby to reporters over a little trash talk, its football ya wuss, get the sand outta your vag. GO FALCONS!!!! I say talk more trash so we can givem some cheese to go with that whine!!

Blackcow

November 27th, 2012
8:51 pm

Whatever..their time is over. They got their one ring, and this year we will get ours..on their turf….F em.

ShaneOmac

November 27th, 2012
8:53 pm

My hate for the ‘aints is as pure as baby innocence. I hate the town I hate the people(still looking your way 4BishTneeS) I hate all that is New Orleans. And to Hades with Curtis Lofton he was overated any way say him geting ran through so much on that defense glad he isnt here anymore didnt need him getting beat by TEs like a dirty rug…and now you riding the jock of the you not too long ago said you hated!?!? Duces!!! Cannot wait to see Tony G eat you alive

ShaneOmac

November 27th, 2012
8:54 pm

My hate caused those typos. Its supposed to read saw him getting ran over and riding the jock of the same team you hated only a year ago

4BsihTneeS

November 27th, 2012
8:55 pm

LOL! The Atcan’ta fal can’ts aren’t getting a ring this year! They won’t even get past their first playoff game.

4BsihTneeS

November 27th, 2012
9:08 pm

Any single guys on the blog tonight? I’m bored and could use some fun!

CJ

November 27th, 2012
9:10 pm

@4BsihTneeS at least they’re going to the playoffs.

SaySomething

November 27th, 2012
9:16 pm

D@mn “Seen” – Didn’t know you swing that way.

Keeping it real

November 27th, 2012
9:19 pm

I hate getting beat by Jimmy Graham & co,i think its time for the Falcons to put the wood to that freak,so tired of seeing him running wild every time he gets the ball,maybe spoon can put the finishing touch on him.eleven out of thirteen is a nuff,lets turn this thing around,and curtis lofton,can you say overrated!

4BsihTneeS

November 27th, 2012
9:21 pm

@ShaneOmac: Get to the part that means something.

Here’s something for you to ponder: four straight losses to the team from the Crescent City. Five of the last six in Atcan’ta house.

Your team loses again on Thursday:

Saint s 37 – fal can’ts 20

Just wondering

November 27th, 2012
9:22 pm

Is this an example of Lofton just doing his job and keeping his mouth shut?? Maybe he wishes he was back in Atlanta, but as I recall, the Falcons didn’t want to keep him too badly.

4BsihTneeS

November 27th, 2012
9:24 pm

Anyone? Please? I am so bored and lonely : (

d

November 27th, 2012
9:25 pm

I thought Lofton’s job was to tackle folks 10 yards downfield.

d

November 27th, 2012
9:27 pm

” Five of the last six in Atcan’ta house”

funny you should talk about 5 and 6

Michael M.

November 27th, 2012
9:31 pm

Freedom of speech ? not in America !…………………………but anyways I reword this……………………

Caints will get their throats slashed in the Georgia Dome Thursday Night !

STB4, the end is near , just two more days and your boys are burnt toast !

Atl Rise Up!

November 27th, 2012
9:40 pm

I have tremendous confidence in our falcons and hate these idiot aints with a passion
As for Seen….please go to another site that actually cares about this New Orleans trash

falcone

November 27th, 2012
9:44 pm

the cain’ts have what’s coming to them thursday night… a whomping

chichci

November 27th, 2012
9:53 pm

F&*#% THE AINTS! There irrelevant, they gonna take another ass whipping Thursday night!!!

DR. FALCON

November 27th, 2012
10:09 pm

4BsihtneeS, sometimes little brother “rises up” AND KICKS “BIG” BROTHER’S ASS!

Goliath

November 27th, 2012
10:16 pm

The Aints and their cheating players and coaches will be sitting at home this year during the playoffs fondling their “rings”. You know, the rings that are TAINTED now with the STENCH of CHEATING. I read there is an official ASTERIX in the record book next to their great Superbowl win.

BWAAAAHAAA! You can’t get any better than that.

shesoleo

November 27th, 2012
10:22 pm

How in the Hell with Lofton only being removed from the team a year all of a sudden its not a rivalry. He was hating them when he was with us. Sounds to me he’s just mad because we didn’t want him any longer and we’re 10-1 and they’re 5-6. How is that better team/fans working for you Curtis???? down in the BIG SLEAZZY!!!!!!!

PMC

November 27th, 2012
10:37 pm

They sure go on and on and on discussing the Falcons in the media for a team they don’t consider a rival.

Just saying. I mean worthless Scott Shanle even spoke to the media about it.

PMC

November 27th, 2012
10:41 pm

Drew Brees sure has been carrying a lot of terrible whiny defensive football players for years now.

PMC

November 27th, 2012
10:43 pm

At the end of the day, one sad sack awful defense is 5-6, even if they win they are 6-6. Lofton can’t help but lose the war.

You're a Joke

November 27th, 2012
10:58 pm

Hey Seen…..Daddy leavin’ for Dallas…tick tock tick tock

hiramsaint

November 27th, 2012
11:12 pm

seen. i woke up u were gone. u said u love me:(

The Lowly Aint's

November 27th, 2012
11:20 pm

Seen, you being here is ok, you’re constant portrayal of the aints being some sort of power house is quite laughable. Someone who foams at the mouth about particular stats without acknowledgment of their teams history is just ignorant. The last few “wonder” years of the aint’s is all that’s there…….before that ……….nothing. The Falcons were winning division titles and appearing in playoff games waaaaay before the aint’s. I mean, come on 1966 to 2000 without a playoff win….dude thats horrible. Face it, the last few years for the aint’s is just a flash in the pan……soon to be over. You my friend are the delusional one, for sure…..read some books on your sorry team’s history. The way you sound on these boards is quite embarrassing and stupid. Hope you didn’t throw your paper bag away……

Supes

November 27th, 2012
11:29 pm

Lofton is just mad he wasn’t wanted here in ATL by coach Nolan and he got his feelings hurt…now he’s lashing out like the little mental midget that he is…well I bet he wishes his aints were 10-1 but they are going to be 5-7 after Thursday night is over and gonna be playing out the rest of the season for draft positioning…

Dr. Warren

November 27th, 2012
11:32 pm

I wrote a good one, where did it go Michael?

Great Falconi

November 27th, 2012
11:39 pm

It sure would be nice to beat the Aints to sleep on Thursday night.

4BsihTneeS

November 27th, 2012
11:41 pm

boys boys i love boys

Dylan

November 27th, 2012
11:48 pm

The falcons OWN the overall series , Falcons own the largest victory in the series (62-7), Falcons OWN the postseason series between the two (1-0), and the falcons OWN the largest win streak in the series.

WHO DAT your daddy???

Oh yeah…..FALCONS DAT.

Learn your history

Big Ray

November 28th, 2012
12:11 am

Lofton is right. Atlanta’s not New Orleans’ rival. One is 10-1. The other can’t seem to play winning football. No contest…

4BsihTneeS

November 28th, 2012
12:26 am

i sleep with my mother, she is a man, and i gobble nobblers, just like my fantasy drew jeez.

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2012
12:28 am

ya’ll know that brees is almost as good as ryan, so don’t front

DZZZZZ NUTAS

November 28th, 2012
12:31 am

@ 4BsihTneeS ah dont hate cuz we great!!! And if you think you are lonely now wait until tonight gurl!!!

SawThat1nce

November 28th, 2012
12:33 am

Drew Brees will be going for another record, after his warmup against the 49ers.
That record,………. the most PICK-6s thrown by a QB in one game.

DZZZZZ NUTAS

November 28th, 2012
12:35 am

Falcons 15-1 baby

SawThat1nce

November 28th, 2012
12:36 am

Lofton was a pile-jumping reject of the Falcons.
He is still mad about being sheet-canned by the birds.
Watched the game, Taints vs 49ers, heard Lofton’s name called one time.

DZZZZZ NUTAS

November 28th, 2012
12:36 am

You sleep with your mother!!!??????? ewwwwwhh ok

4BsihTneeS

November 28th, 2012
1:02 am

I.
Love.
Dick.

Sargent Carter

November 28th, 2012
2:44 am

I am going to start my own blog, you guys sensor me all the time, all I said was this is going to be a war

Sargent Carter

November 28th, 2012
2:46 am

take your panties off and let people talk