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In 2012 the New Orleans Saints improved in creating turnovers, especially in the latter half of the season. Still the unit remained a step slow and the result was not creating the amount of turnovers that it should have.
Turnovers are created by a dominant pass rush, hence the previous slide. But having a guy who can come up and knock the ball out of a receiver's hands with a punishing hit, or simply bait an opposing quarterback and step in front of a poorly executed throw, is necessary for a great NFL defense.
Isa Abdul-Quddus and Rafael Bush both showed that ability at times in 2012. Roman Harper remains a coverage safety with limited ball skills and Malcolm Jenkins is more of a run defender who doubles as a tremendous blitzer.
If the Saints could pair Tracy Porter with the current mix of Saints corners, suddenly the pedestrian corner group improves tremendously.
Or if a player like Dashon Goldson could be added to the mix, the entire Saints defense would improve as tipped balls would abound and would literally land in the unsuspecting arms of Saints defenders on numerous occasions.
Either way, a dominant defense will require such a player to be acquired.