New Orleans Saints' Defense Becoming a Strength?

Nicoya HoganContributor IJuly 28, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints yells during play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 30, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Out of all the issues that have plagued the New Orleans Saints over the recent years, their defense has always topped the list. Ironically, the Saints’ defense has not been the talk of the town this offseason and upcoming preseason, despite the addition of new Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams.


Williams looks to take the Saints’ defense to a whole new level of play. With his “Will do with no excuses” attitude and the training camp consisting of mainly two-a-days, players will be pushed to their utmost potential and should be in top shape.


Aside from Williams, the Saints also picked up more key additions to their defense. The Saints picked up unrestricted free agent safety Darren Sharper, who in 2008 had 69 tackles and one interception; free agent cornerback Jabari Greer, who started 10 games in 2008 before being sidelined due to injury; and rookie first-round draft pick Malcolm Jenkins. With these three along with veteran Jonathan Vilma, they look to bring strength to the backfield.


The Saints’ defensive line will need to show the league that despite the opening four-game suspensions of Charles Grant and Will Smith, stemming from a policy violation late last season, they can still be a force to be reckoned with when it counts.


The line will count on its faithful leader, Scott Fujita, to hold it together alongside second-year player Sedrick Ellis, who is quickly making a name for himself on this team. Fujita, Ellis and the other linemen hope to make the pass rush and rush defense among the elite.


Overall, fans and outsiders alike need to have a front-row seat to witness Grant, Smith, Fujita, Jenkins, Vilma, David, Sharper, Greer, and Ellis come together with other defensive players and become the Great Wall of New Orleans.


As Williams works to make the Saints’ defense one of the most feared in the league, just as he did with the Jacksonville Jaguars, all of our eyes will be on the New Orleans ‘D.’