Why The New Orleans Saints Defense Will Be In The Top 15

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Why The New Orleans Saints Defense Will Be In The Top 15
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Everyone knows the story when it comes to the New Orleans Saints.

They have a spectacular offense that can put points up on just about any team. With Drew Brees under the center the Saints have ranked in the top five in offense the past three seasons.

They've done this to only be constantly let down by poor defensive play.

The Saints had a total of six games that they lost by a touchdown or more. This could've been due to to the kicking game but most of the blame honestly has to be on the Saints defense.

Their inability to stop offenses at the end of games has cost them a trip to the playoffs two seasons in a row.

The Saints have made the defense the main priority in the 2009 offseason. The first transaction to improve the shaky defense was to bring in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Coach Sean Payton even gave up $200,000 of his salary to add Williams to the Saints coaching staff. Williams is a well respected defensive coordinator who has had top defenses in Washington, Tennessee,  and Buffalo.

The Saints' main priority was to sign linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who led the Saints in tackles in 2008. Vilma was the only flash the Saints had in 2008 on the defensive side of the ball.

Other additions to the Saints defensive roster were Darren Sharper, Jabari Greer, and rookie Malcolm Jenkins.

The Saints have done the best they could've to re-shape the secondary. Their current active leader in interceptions is Darren Sharper.

With the adjustments in the defensive backfield the Saints look to go from 23rd ranked defense to top 15.

Some might say this is a bit too much to predict but I have looked back to the past eight seasons and I see no reason why the Saints defense can't make the jump.

I will show you teams that were ranked from 20th-32nd that moved up into the top 15 defenses.

   2000-2001:

  • San Francisco 49ers Ranked 29th in total defense improved to 13th
  • Denver Broncos Ranked 24th in total defense improved to eighth
  • St. Louis Rams Ranked 23th in total defense improved to third
  • Cincinnati Bengals Ranked 22nd in total defense improved to ninth


    2001-2002:
  • Carolina Panthers  Ranked 31st in total defense improved to second
  • Indianapolis Colts Ranked 29th in total defense improved to eighth
  • Tennessee Titans  Ranked 25th in total defense improved to 10th
  • Buffalo Bills Ranked 21st in total defense improved to 15th

             2002-2003:

  •  Chicago Bears Ranked 25th in total defense improved to 14th
  •  New England Patriots Ranked 23rd in total defense improve to seventh
  • Baltimore Ravens Ranked 22nd in total defense improved to third
  • Cleveland Browns Ranked 21st in total defense improve to 15th
  • Jacksonville Jaguars Ranked 20th in total defense improve to sixth

    2003-2004
  • Atlanta Falcons Ranked 32nd in total defense improved to 14th
  • Arizona Cardinals Ranked 26th in total defense improved to 12th
  • Washington Redskins Ranked 25th in total defense improved to third
  • New York Giants  Ranked 22nd in total defense improved to 13th
  • Philadelphia Eagles Ranked 20th in total defense improved to 10th

    2004-2005:
  •  New Orleans Saints Ranked 32nd in total defense improved to 14th
  •  Indianapolis Colts Ranked 29th in total defense improved to 11th
  • Green Bay Packers Ranked 25th in total defense improved to seventh
  •  Chicago Bears Ranked 21st in total defense improved to second
  • Carolina Panthers Ranked 20th in total defense improved to third

    2005-2006:
  •  New England Patriots Ranked 26th in total defense improved to sixth
  • Philadelphia Eagles Ranked 23rd in total defense improved to 15th
  • Minnesota Vikings Ranked  21st in total defense improved to eighth

    2006-2007:
  • Tennessee Titans Ranked 32nd  in total defense improve to fifth
  • Washington Redskins Ranked 31st in total defense improve to eighth
  • New York Giants Ranked 25th in total defense improve to seventh
  • Indianapolis Colts Ranked 21st in total defense improve to third

    2007-2008:
  • Buffalo Bills Ranked 31st in total defense improved to 14th
  • Cincinnati Bengals Ranked 27th in total defense improved to 12th
  • San Francisco 49ers Ranked 25th in total defense improved to 13th
  • Miami Dolphins Ranked 23rd in total defense improve to 15th
  • Minnesota Vikings  Ranked 20th in total defense improve to sixth

 

These stats can all be found on http://www.nfl.com.

Now I am not saying that the Saints are the only defense that can go from 20th-32nd to top 15. There are plenty of teams I feel can make that jump starting with teams like Green Bay, San Diego, and Chicago.

I hope we can become a top 15 defense and I expect the Saints to be top of the line contenders if the defense can step it up this season.

And to the rest of the NFL, watch out the Saints are coming.

 

 

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