"Tutupu still going to be a Leader from the Bench"
July 24,2012 Day Jaddams, FB.S. New Services
It may seem to the outsiders, that Lofa Tatupu has made his last impact on the NFL. According to Head Coach Mike Smith, nothing could be further from the truth.
" Lofa Tatupu is a LEADER. In Tatupu's first three seasons, he led
the Seahawks in tackles. He was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first three years of his NFL career..While we are saddened and dissapointed by this fluky, unfortunate and completely
unpredictable turn of events, we are confident Lofa's Veteran Presence
will be there on the sidelines, every play of every game"
Coach Smith went on to add " Look, this organization doesn't ride and die on one player only, we are a team. As a teammate, I can think of none better then...Wait who was that again...Lofa...Oh Yeah. The Samoan guy!"
"Chris Redman may get tired holding that clipboard.. This is a good situation where he can help. While his twice torn pectoral will prevent him from actually holding the clipboard, he has a nice, big lap. A strong lap that shows great lateral surface and is powerful enough to handle the weight of your typical NFL playbook".
Coach Smith may well be right: while it is true that after Tatupu inked his 42 million dollar deal with the Seahawks in 2008 ( with 18 million guaranteed, making him the sixth highest linebacker paid in the league) he injured himself and never truly regained his form, he does seem mentally prepared for the role of Bench Leader.
"Im just thankful to Coach Smith and Thomas Smirnoff for taking a flyer on me. Last year, I was honestly considering opening my own Papa John's franchise. I guess now that I've torn my pecs again, I wont be tossing any pizza dough up in the air. But that's okay, I got a little over half a million in the bank right now! But I'm gonna work for that money. If they need someone's lap to hold that clipboard, I will be right there
. Don't count me out yet, Someone is in need of a player to hold that windbreaker?: Im your man! I had two years experience in this, I can still be a contirbutor to this team".
Thomas Dimitroff commented " this is why we seek out good character, high motor guys like Lofa. Sure, they might get a little banged up, but they are more then willing to go the extra mile, and do all the public relations stuff required of a professional NFL franchise. You can plan to see him at Falcons Plaza, but please:no high fives, we still have him under our insurance.
The linebacker duties now fall to local 'guy done good' Akeem Dent, who was a player at the University of Georgia, and an old tired guy from Florida.That doesn't seem to matter to owner and devastatingly handsome man, Arthur Blank.
"I think Kareem could be an integral part of the Atlanter Falcons...He brings a certain homegrown quality like Keith Brooking, who was another one of our local heores who played hard every game. Especially the ones when he was dressed out with a big, ugly blue star on him. I look forward to a long and beneficial relationship with Amin....It is his time to Rise Up'.
So in the words of this columnist, I implore you not to worry about the recent linebacker depth. One thing you can count on, this front office has a plan, and they are completely on board with the coaching staff. The new coordinators will get the most out of each and every one of the players.
Even the one's on the bench. www.ruadunce.com