Aug 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) on the sidelines in the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Georgia Dome. The Jaguars won 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
There is certainly nothing wrong with a little trash talk when it comes to heated rivalries in the National Football League. It makes the days leading up to the contest much more entertaining.
The New Orleans Saints host their most hated rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, on Sunday, so of course we all knew mouths would open. Saints CB Keenan Lewis began with his Falcons funeral remarks, followed by a clever response from Dirty Birds’ WR Roddy White, where he basically said his team will do their talking on the field.
Honestly, when you have a 6-8 team versus a 5-9 team, I believe everybody should just keep their traps shut, but it’s heat of the moment, which is understandable. However, when somebody who hasn’t seen the field all year long begins to run his mouth, you can’t help but laugh and feel bad for the poor guy. I’m looking at you, Sean Weatherspoon.
The Falcons linebacker suffered a torn Achilles tendon during an off-season workout, forcing him to miss the entire year. The sad thing is, injured reserve is his first home, and the football field is his second. Weatherspoon practically lives on the IR.
Put up or shut up. Well, he can’t put up, so just shut it. This would be a great “C’mon Man!” segment before the next Monday Night Football game. “The Aints are way too sorry to have our names in their mouth! Out team will be bringing a broom to the bayou!”
Sorry? Okay, maybe. It’s obvious that the Saints are not playing their brand of football in 2014, but hey Sean, news flash — you guys are even worse. Unless you’re out there playing and attempting to beat your opponent, you can’t open your mouth without looking like a fool.
Sean Payton and company will certainly have their hands full Sunday against a solid quarterback with an elite receiving corps, but that goes both ways. On top of that, while New Orleans ranks second-to-last in total defense, Atlanta ranks dead last. Oh, and I don’t think Weatherspoon’s overrated presence would make much of a difference either. Tough luck, Dirty Birds, Curtis Lofton belongs to the Who Dat Nation now. Miss him?
The Saints will have the opportunity to end all playoff hopes for the Falcons Sunday afternoon. Also, if Johnny “Football” Manziel and the Cleveland Browns find a way to top the Carolina Panthers, the NFC South title will once again belong to the Big Easy. Game on.