Saints Defense: New Swagger

Alex RodriguezCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 28:  Jonathan Vilma #51  of the New Orleans Saints huddles with teammates during the game against the Carolina Panthers on December 28, 2008 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints defense is starting to show some flashes. This unit is playing with intensity ready to make their presence felt on the field. The defensive side of the ball  has brought in some new faces.

The Saints defenders were the biggest question mark coming into the 2009 season and if this defense can cause as much havoc in the regular season as they have in the preseason teams better be ware.

Some might just throw out that it is just preseason and not to get myself too excited, but we haven't even used all of our packages. Gregg Williams says he does not plan on using all of his packages until Week One against the Detroit Lions.

What could this mean for the Saints "D" coming into the 2009 season? Could we see more turnovers? Could we see more plays on the ball, and if so, who will be the main playmaker for us? I believe the answer to that is Jonathan Vilma. Newcomer Darren Sharper, who forced a fumble that was scooped up by Vilma and returned to Bengals territory might have something to say about that. So would Jabari Greer, who picked off a pass against the Houston Texans that ended a potential scoring drive and got the Saints three points.

Let  me make sure I do give credit to second-year corner back Tracey Porter who forced a fumble and recorded about seven tackles. Corner back Randall Gay also intercepted a pass against the Houston Texans and along with Porter is battling for a starting position. 

The Saints defense seems like it has a whole new mentality and a brand new swagger. The defensive unit being led by  middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma looks to shut down offenses and keep cause turn overs. The Saints defense is going to attack anyone who attempts to tress pass into our end zone and keep our offense on the field.