Nolan: Weatherspoon Can Be a Guy to Win Games For Us

Nolan: Weatherspoon Can Be a Guy to Win Games For Us

Jay Adams

Published June 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

The selection in April 2010 of Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has paid dividends for the Falcons in his first two years in the league, and heading into Year 3, the question looms: Are we just seeing the tip of the iceberg as far as what Spoon is capable of?

Mike Nolan thinks so. The new defensive coordinator has only been around Weatherspoon for a few months and has yet to coach him on a Sunday, but in his early assessment of the third-year linebacker, Nolan sees the ceiling for Weatherspoon as very, very high.

“He’s a good player now, but he could be a lot better than he is. And he will be,” Nolan told “No question, because he loves football and he’s exciting to watch and he’s a play-maker, for all those reasons. But he’s done well, but he can still do a lot better. I’m not just saying that because that’s the blanket statement for people, but as I’m watching him, he’s got a lot of upside, so as much good as you’ve seen, he’s got a lot of good in there going forward.”

Nolan went on to note that Weatherspoon should find, and has already found, Nolan’s system to be very conducive to his style of play, saying that Weatherspoon is seeing how exciting the scheme can be.

It’s rare to see Weatherspoon on the field without a smile on his face or a song at the ready to sing at the top of his lungs, and that’s one of the biggest things about Weatherspoon that Nolan has been impressed with. His love for the game and excitement to be on the field leads Nolan to believe that Weatherspoon can be formed into a player that, down the road, can be the difference in games.

“It’s one thing when a guy’s not very good and you’re just hoping to get him to the point where he can just get on the field,” Nolan said. “He’s already on the field and he’s been a good player, so you’re just looking for him to make some strides where he can be a guy that, in some cases, wins the game for you.”

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