by Clay A. Smith
Photograph by Jonathan Bachman
I hate to get emotionally invested in the Saints-because it makes the let-down all the more excruciating. Weve all heard this story and it usually ends in teeth grinding agony. So I try to compartmentalize, store my bursting enthusiasm in the obscure recesses of my subconscious- you know, where we keep painfully awkward moments, the answers to Trivial Purist, and the theme song from the Jeffersons.
But in the Saints' OTAs their defense is showing off its new personality.Thanks to new coordinator Greg Williams the Saints' "D" is practicing with passion and fire. Known for his "ball hawking" defenses that place a premium on forcing turnovers, Williams is establishing a new culture in New Orleans.
Yes, I know its hard to believe, but it really seems like we'll see the Dawn of a New D in 2009. And part of that dawning is a revised ensemble cast that features familiar veterans, All-Pros, and current as well as former first round draft picks. Defensive backs Jabari Greer (Buffalo), Malcom Jenkins (Ohio State), and Darren Sharper (Minnesota) in addition to former Panthers line Backer Dan Morgan are all high profile acquisitions that will likely have an immediate impact on a secondary that was easily the Saints Achilles-heel the past few seasons. But then again, isn't that what we thought about Jason David?
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