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Twenty-one sacks through 10 games is not horrible. But considering how often Gregg Williams blitzes and how much pressure the Saints do tend to create on the quarterback, 21 sacks is suddenly not such an impressive number.
There are generally two solutions to creating effective defensive pressure. One is changing the types of pressures. For much of this season the Saints have employed "double A-gap blitzes."
This is a smart blitz as it maintains outside leverage and gets bodies heading straight for the QB. The other primary blitz is an outside blitz with either Roman Harper or Malcolm Jenkins, or occasionally both.
For the remainder of the season I suggest Williams employ a zone blitz-taking advantage of the tremendous athleticism of defensive ends Cameron Jordan and Will Smith. This should help eliminate the big pass play and will cause the QB to either force throws or simply not have time to release the football.
The second strategy for increasing the pass rush is to focus on matchups. In other words, Williams needs to find ways to get his best pass-rusher, Smith, matched up against the opposition's worst pass protector.
Sometimes this may lead to an overhaul in the defensive alignment which can be dangerous, but due to the amount of schematic strategic scouting that is done through 10 weeks of an NFL season, the alignment differences could actually work to the Saints' advantage.
Of course, the greatest issue is not so much getting to the QB as to get to him quicker and then to actually tackle him. For that reason all defensive pressures must keep in mind outside leverage to keep the quarterback in the pocket. Then once the rushers get there, they must wrap up.
If they do not wrap up, none of the schematic differences—or additions—will mean a thing.