Connections: Lofton set to make his Georgia Dome debut as a Saint
FLOWERY BRANCH — Former Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton is set to make his debut as a visitor at the Georgia Dome.
New Orleans Saints linebackers Curtis Lofton (50) and Will Herring (54) during OTA workouts at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
“There’s going to be a lot of mixed emotions,” said Lofton, earlier this week said the Saints don’t view the game as a rivalry. “It’s going to be a weird feeling seeing all of the people, the security guards and ticket people. I was good friends with them, and it’ll be good to see them.”
Lofton wants to put on a show for the team that balked at re-signing him in free agency.
“I want to play great, but I’m not going to put more pressure on myself, put on a Superman cap and do this and do that,” Lofton said. “I’m going to play inside the system.”
Other connections include:
- Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was a scout for the Cleveland Browns while Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael was on the Browns’ staff in 2000.
- Falcons special-teams coach Keith Armstrong coached with Saints assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones for the Miami Dolphins in 2007.
- Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson coached the defensive line for the Falcons from 2001-06.
- Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi was a defensive assistant for the Falcons in 2006.
- Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and offensive guard Mike Johnson won a BCS championship with Saints running back Mark Ingram at Alabama in the 2009 season.
- Falcons offensive guard Justin Blalock and Saints tight end David Thomas won a BCS title at Texas in the 2005 season.
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