The New Orleans Saints are 5-1 entering their bye week and were just five seconds away from remaining undefeated. Given how their season ended last year, the Saints should be elated with their play so far this season. The Saints are the top team in the NFC south and have the second best record in the NFC behind only the 6-1 Seattle Seahawks. A lot of the team’s success this season has been the revitalized play of the defense as the Saints have still been lighting up the scoreboard, but now they are stopping teams from scoring.
One player that has been instrumental to the defense’s success is linebacker Curtis Lofton. In the 4-3 defense last season, Lofton led the Saints in tackles with 123 and also had one sack. This season, Lofton switched from middle linebacker to right inside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, and not his production has not changed much.
Lofton leads the Saints in tackles through the first six games with 47. Furthermore, Lofton’s 47 tackles are 17th best in the NFL so far this season and he has also recorded one sack. At this rate Lofton is on pace for a respectable 125 tackles, almost identical to the number of tackles he had last season. Lofton has been a model of consistency throughout his six-year career and has yet to miss a game.
Lofton has yet to make a Pro Bowl in his career, but he is not the type of player who cares about individual accolades. Lofton does what the team needs him to do and he is a very important part of the Saints’ defense. Lofton goes about his business and simply gets the job done, what more could you ask of a team player.
The Saints are glad to have Lofton and he will continue another successful season with the team on his path to a pretty good NFL career.