Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Saints Offense Won't be the Only Unit Making Noise this Season

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 6:15 PM

click to enlarge Brees stretching it out

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Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

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Considering how maligned the Saints defense was last year, it might come as great comfort to Black and Gold fans to hear that the new-look, Gregg Williams-led defense this year is off to a promising start.

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Well, as promising as you can be playing with no pads in May.

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All the talk among the media and most of the questions directed towards Sean Payton and Drew Brees were about the energy and "spirit" the new Saints defense showed in 11-on-11 drills. There was at least one tussle (between cornerback Jason David and offensive tackle Zach Strief after David knocked Skyler Green to the ground) and loads of contact throughout.

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The other big difference from last year? Williams has his defense playing no dead balls. That is to say, if at any point a football hits the ground - whether it be incompletion, fumble or otherwise - Saints defensive players have been instructed to "scoop and score" or pick the ball up and try to return it. The theory is that playing past the whistle will help this defense focus on forcing and (more importantly) recovering turnovers. Last year, the Saints ranked near the bottom of the league in turnovers forced.

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