Go Back   New Orleans Saints - blackandgold.com > Main > Saints

Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Although the bounty scandal is now behind Jonathan Vilma, so are nine punishing NFL seasons. The Saints linebacker and longtime defensive captain appreciates that many will wonder if he's lost a step after 870 tackles since ...

Like Tree4Likes

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-25-2013, 06:38 PM   #1
Threaded by papz
Retired
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 10,588

Show Printable Version Email this Page
Rating: (0 votes - average)

METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Although the bounty scandal is now behind Jonathan Vilma, so are nine punishing NFL seasons.

The Saints linebacker and longtime defensive captain appreciates that many will wonder if he's lost a step after 870 tackles since turning pro in 2004, not to mention several knee procedures in the past two years. Vilma responds confidently to the skepticism, saying his rehabilitation is complete, and that he is in his best physical shape in years.

''Physically, I'm very good, a lot better than last year,'' Vilma asserted. ''I'd be stupid to say I feel as great as when I was a rookie. Of course not. I do feel able to run and do all the things that I was able to do back in 2010. ... I just needed a little time (to rehabilitate) that I didn't get last year because of everything that was going on.''

Indeed, a year has made a big difference in many aspects of Vilma's life. Last summer, while fighting his bounty suspension in federal court, he testified that damage to his reputation hurt his ability to raise money for business and charity endeavors.

Now, not only does he believe his football career is back on track, he is also expanding his business interests. Already an investor in multiple restaurants and bars, Vilma spoke said he prepared for Thursday's launch of his new venture involving a smartphone application catering to bars and club patrons.

The launch coincided with reporting day for Saints training camp.

''I've been fortunate to play football and make a living out of it, but business has always interested me,'' said Vilma, who majored in finance at Miami, and whose new venture is called BarEye.

This season, meanwhile, should provide a clearer picture of how long Vilma can expect to remain in the business of playing football.

Read more: Y! SPORTS

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	vilma6.jpg
Views:	0
Size:	22.3 KB
ID:	7409  

Views: 1097
Latest Blogs
Saints: A glimpse of the future Last Blog: 11-19-2014 By: lee909


What i tell you ! !! ! Last Blog: 11-02-2014 By: SAINTstunna


MID TERM ELECTION Last Blog: 10-29-2014 By: teddybarexxx


Old 07-25-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Alexandria, La
Posts: 7,936
Re: Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

Originally Posted by papz View Post

''Physically, I'm very good, a lot better than last year,'' Vilma asserted.
Good news!
|Mitch| is online now  
Old 07-25-2013, 06:49 PM   #3
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: The Woodlands
Posts: 17,728
Blog Entries: 27
Re: Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

Awesome... I would love it if he were to really shine in the next couple of years.
SmashMouth is offline  
Old 07-25-2013, 08:19 PM   #4
In Doh We Trust
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 5,969
Blog Entries: 16
Re: Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

I cant make p my mind on Vilma.

Didn't he leave the Jets because the went to the defense - WE JUST CHANGED TOO??

That bothers me. Yes he is an older, smarter and slower player. So...?
Spot on Dtan likes this.
homerj07 is offline  
Old 07-25-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
LB Mentallity
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 10,558
Blog Entries: 40
Re: Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

good news because i see a very busy year for him. he can start at ILB and OLB as well. it will be interesting to see how all of this shapes up by game 8 of the season
hagan714 is offline  
Old 07-25-2013, 09:33 PM   #6
Site Donor 2014
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Bayou Cane
Posts: 6,861
Blog Entries: 12
Re: Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

There sure are repetitious reports from he and staff about how good a shape he's in...
jeanpierre is offline  
Old 07-25-2013, 09:54 PM   #7
xan
Professor Crab and
Site Donor 2014
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Princeton
Posts: 3,066
Blog Entries: 27
Re: Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

My cat is in great shape too.

My wife fell and the little bugger danced all over her for 3 minutes.

Doesn't mean the cat can tackle.
Spot on Dtan likes this.
xan is offline  
Old 07-25-2013, 11:37 PM   #8
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: The Woodlands
Posts: 17,728
Blog Entries: 27
Re: Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

Originally Posted by xan View Post
My cat is in great shape too.

My wife fell and the little bugger danced all over her for 3 minutes.

Doesn't mean the cat can tackle.
Need a video of that said cat...
SmashMouth is offline  
Old 07-26-2013, 09:37 AM   #9
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 5,937
Re: Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

This scares the hell out of me- every tiem I hear a player talk about how great they're feeling and ready to go it is like a dud lit firecracker. **** Vilma say it ain't so
jeanpierre likes this.
spkb25 is offline  
Old 07-26-2013, 10:04 AM   #10
Site Donor 2014
Truth Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Spanish Fort Alabama
Posts: 16,752
Re: Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

Originally Posted by homerj07 View Post
I cant make p my mind on Vilma.

Didn't he leave the Jets because the went to the defense - WE JUST CHANGED TOO??

That bothers me. Yes he is an older, smarter and slower player. So...?
Mangini's 3-4 was a 2-gap, which requires both ILB's to frequently take on OG's head up.

Ryan's 3-4 will play Vilma at the weak inside LB which is very similar to playing the WILL in a 4-3. He won't be asked to take on OG's nearly as frequently as he had to in Mangini's 3-4.

Also, we will be in a base 3-4 less than 50% of the snaps (according to Payton).

Shouldn't be a problem at all,maybe.

I know he was hurt, but Vilma graded out horribly as an OLB last year (100 out of 109), but as we all know everyone did under the Spags debacle.

I guess the real question is can Vilma play WILL?
|Mitch| likes this.
Danno is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules

LinkBacks (?)
LinkBack to this Thread: http://blackandgold.com/saints/59073-saints-vilma-says-hes-his-best-shape-years.html
Posted By For Type Date Hits
Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years This thread Refback 07-25-2013 09:14 PM 7
The Latest New Orleans Saints News | SportSpyder This thread Refback 07-25-2013 07:25 PM 5


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:05 AM.


Copyright 1997 - 2013 - BlackandGold.com
no new posts