Flowery Branch — The first question to Curtis Lofton: Should Falcons fans be worried about this defense?
Let the record reflect that his one-word answer is prefaced by a one-beat pause and a glare that could shatter plate glass. The one-word answer: “No.”
Curtis Lofton is the new leader of a remade defense. To be kind, there were moments in Detroit on Saturday when the D appeared less than fully formed. The Falcons yielded 454 yards against a team that finished 0-for-2008. Lofton’s take: “I’ve never seen a preseason game that counted.”
And that would, under different circumstances, be the operative reaction. To shrug. To say, “Hey, it’s preseason.” But when you’ve changed starters at five positions, shrugging comes a bit harder.
Thomas Dimitroff, architect of this reconfiguration, actually does shrug when asked about the exhibition opener. And then the general manager says: “We gave up 128 yards in the first half. Our subs were kind of running around after that.”