With the biggest game in their 42 year existence looming, the marching band of New Orleans has been ignored or overshadowed by the everlasting debates of Peyton Manning legacy.
It’s not hard envisioning the Saints hindering a high-powered offense, based on their resilience and perseverance. Each year in the Super Bowl normally there’s a scenario. Each year, in the big game, there’s usually an underdog.
If there’s one thing worth noticing, it’s a team with a superior defense. Teams with stellar defenses most of the time walk away with the victory.
For all discussion that the Saints are undersized and inexperienced, still, ignoring mighty defenses is an understatement. All year, the Saints’ underrated defense created nightmares. They were underestimated, and neglected as if they were some type of action figures.
However, skeptics are toying with the Saints for refusing to acknowledge the monstrous defense, a dynamic unit that has blocked out teams and made a three-hour fray miserable. In what turned into nightmarish games, the Saints cast darkness over opposing franchises in a season when a fairy tale elicited truth.
And while concerned with the state of Dwight Freeney’s injured ankle or Manning solidifying his legacy, folks besides Who Dat believers no longer believe in the Saints forgetting about its bottomless defense.
Given their history, it’s because New Orleans was a hapless franchise, defaced by failure and humiliation when fans wore paper bags over their heads, roughly disheartened of the long-suffering letdowns. What a travesty, denying the truth of a franchise that isn’t pushovers, but features a prolific defense.
Sadly, it doesn’t receive credit for helping the Saints reach its first ever Super Bowl in franchise history. In the blink of an eye, it seems the Saints were the loudest marching band in the regular-season, managing to stay unbeaten for a long period.
No way are the Indianapolis Colts overlooking the Saints, not when it’s an organization starving to hunt down its pray.
So it’s worth giving the nod to an aggressive defense, responsible for directing New Orleans to the Super Bowl. It’s the strongest and most tenacious attack to make a sudden impact at the Superdome, and in a community where spirited fans admire their football, and braced the Saints all season for uplifting sanity and reviving joy.
In all their years of watching a calamity, which labeled them the Aints instead of Saints, the fans are thrilled to have Gregg Williams.
If you take pride in the black and gold team, you know he has cultivated and emphasized onslaughts and physicality. His basic method has given eleven men reason to believe their potential to knock off heads, with powerful blows sending the Colts to the turf.
Coming up with a symmetric scheme to baffle and frustrate Manning. When he’s pressured by a bulldozing frontline, Manning begins losing composure. That usually results in a large amount of turnovers, rushed to release the ball before he’s sacked and falls to the turf disgusted of limited pass protection.
Make no mistake, Williams has designed an outline equivalent to the Colts pedigree. At the very least, they aren’t intimidated or fearful of a vintage Manning.
Common sense tells the team that he’s a premier quarterback, a prestigious icon and perfectionist. He nearly anchored the Colts to NFL’s first 19-0 season in league history, which would have defined perfection.
Trust me, they know what’s at stake. Beyond that, it’s the most noticeable extravaganza in franchise history. Winning a title is also evident, and a time they must attempt securing happiness. Any team rarely replicates back-to-back trips, so a loss is considered wasteful.
At least the Saints can emerge from the tunnels of Sun Life Stadium on Sunday with a confident mindset—courtesy of Williams driving a forceful defense for an entire season. Before their defense was mediocre, but now it is aggressive, and potent.
Any way you analyze it, mediocrity isn’t an issue. The Saints are armed with defensive tactics, though it’s unpredictable betting whether they’ll win or not. But the greatest win transpiring in team history is possible, as long as Williams is the admirable defensive coordinator.
For all we know, he’ll stick to his basic ideas. That’s installing urgency within an intensive bunch, and being poised to strike their offense and force turnovers. That’s also creating interruptions by pressuring the quarterback. And that happens to be Manning.
Sure, Saints safety Darren Sharper will play with much intensity, the biggest playmaker and game-changing performer when explosive at running routes and reading the mind of quarterbacks to cut across field and intercept an ill-advised pass.
Sure, the crafty linebacker Jonathan Vilma participates in the action, but there have been games where he had trouble handling man-to-man coverage. He’s still a valuable piece to the package, if he’s not stagnant, but energized and efficacious putting pressure on Manning.
And lastly, Williams is calling the schemes, a ritual he greatly follows. His style is communicating and demanding productivity. Even better is, he challenges them to reach a crescendo in the most important element of the game. The nature of football is defense.
And the Saints’ storybook season wasn’t done by only Drew Brees’ passes or the high-powered offense, but a monstrous defense that produces blood on turf.