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Steve Spagnuolo: The Focus is on Tampa Bay

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; With Vilma having a ways to go, is it more physically or more getting to know the system? Its a lot of everything, but were talking about a guy that picks up things like that (easily). Hes been right there ...

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Old 10-16-2012, 05:53 AM   #1
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With Vilma having a ways to go, is it more physically or more getting to know the system?

Its a lot of everything, but were talking about a guy that picks up things like that (easily). Hes been right there step-for-step with all of us right along the way. He knows he has to get out there and get a feel for the game. The games fast. Its one thing to sit in there in a meeting, but my guess is hes a pretty quick learner and hell be up to speed pretty quick. Thats my guess.

With Curtis Lofton playing so well so far this season, how tough is it to bring in Vilma and have to deal with a possible numbers game?

Well have to see where were at. Like I said, Jonathan has to get in there and get back into the flow and the speed and all that. Unfortunately, that didnt happen today. For a while there, we thought hed be able to practice today, but he didnt. Thats just the rule. Were going to get the best 11 guys on the football field. Were doing that at all positions. Just as an example, youve seen Akiem Hicks get in there more. I think hes earned that, and yet we still have a lot of confidence in (Brodrick) Bunkley and Sedrick (Ellis) and all those guys. I will go back to Curtis Lofton, who I agree with you has done a terrific job for us. I talked to Curtis this morning. Hes everything we thought he would be when we got him here. Its like Mickey (Loomis) said way, way back, get as many good football players as you can. Lets get them all in here, lets figure out how to use them. Jonathon Casillas is coming off an injury. We want to get him back out on the field, too. David Hawthorne, we want to get him back out on the field. Well find ways to do it. Its a good problem to have. Ive been on thin teams where youre looking on other rosters to see if you can get some guys, but at that particular position we have a bunch of guys. Lets get them out there and practice with the one focus being on figuring out whats best for our team to beat Tampa Bay. That will be the number one focus this week with nothing else in sight other than that.

What is one thing youve seen about Aaron Kromer as a head coach as opposed to when he was just a positional coach?

To be honest with you, me being new here, I dont think you fully learn about all your counterparts until youve gone through a whole cycle. Were only a little bit over a quarter of a season in here, but Ive been impressed with the way Aaron has handled things. Let me tell you something, that job, the shoes that he stepped into, its not easy. I dont know who couldve stepped in and done a better job. It just wasnt an easy thing with everything going on and all the uncertainty. Aaron has stepped in and hes been himself for as much as I know Aaron. Im probably not the best guy to ask that. I think youd probably be better off asking people that have been here before, but I know weve tried to rally around Aaron. I was very happy for him last week that he, as an interim head coach, has a win under his belt. I know that feeling, so I was happy for him.

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Old 10-16-2012, 06:15 AM   #2
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Re: Steve Spagnuolo: The Focus is on Tampa Bay

In other words, Vilma won't start.
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Re: Steve Spagnuolo: The Focus is on Tampa Bay

Vilma shouldn't start. Vilma has been replaced, time to come to terms with that. Not so much because of the bounty issue but more because of the injury issue. With out bounty gate Vilma would still not start this week, and there is no way I would ever believe that Vilma could beat Lofton out of any position based on performance alone.

Vilma has been on the decline since 2009 and that had nothing to do with Goodell, Lofton, or an injury..
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Re: Steve Spagnuolo: The Focus is on Tampa Bay

Jo-lonn Dunbar outplayed Vilma everytime he got the start, Vilma was incredible in 2008 and 2009, then he started declining

It's loftons spot now, Vilma at the most could be a bit of depth at the position but from our LB's I believe - MLB lofton, OLB's Hawthorne and casillas, if they can stay healthy
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Vilma or Shanle? Start Vilma, hell start Vilma's Mom if she is available.
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Re: Steve Spagnuolo: The Focus is on Tampa Bay

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Vilma shouldn't start. Vilma has been replaced, time to come to terms with that. Not so much because of the bounty issue but more because of the injury issue. With out bounty gate Vilma would still not start this week, and there is no way I would ever believe that Vilma could beat Lofton out of any position based on performance alone.

Vilma has been on the decline since 2009 and that had nothing to do with Goodell, Lofton, or an injury..
I don't disagree at all.
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Re: Steve Spagnuolo: The Focus is on Tampa Bay

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Vilma or Shanle? Start Vilma, hell start Vilma's Mom if she is available.
My mom is also available to start if Vilma's mom can't make the game for Shanle.
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Re: Steve Spagnuolo: The Focus is on Tampa Bay

Vilma might be solid in a rotation to start
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Originally Posted by x626xBlack View Post
Vilma shouldn't start. Vilma has been replaced, time to come to terms with that. Not so much because of the bounty issue but more because of the injury issue. With out bounty gate Vilma would still not start this week, and there is no way I would ever believe that Vilma could beat Lofton out of any position based on performance alone.

Vilma has been on the decline since 2009 and that had nothing to do with Goodell, Lofton, or an injury..
I totally agree with this.
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