Back in April, I examined what the New Orleans Saints' new-look defense might bring to the table in 2013. New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will unfurl a 3-4 defensive scheme with a lot of movement and attacking options for the Saints to get at opposing quarterbacks.
As the installation process is underway in New Orleans at Organized Team Activities (OTAs), it looks as if movement might be an understatement. Ryan’s defense has shown pre-snap organized chaos, and that’s been fantastic to see.
Thursday’s first play of 11-on-11 drills featured a unique look from Ryan’s defense, according to Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune:
Lofton registered just one sack last season and has only four over the last three seasons. According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Lofton ranked dead last among inside linebackers who played at least 50 percent of their respective team’s snaps. Lofton had one sack, two quarterback hits and four hurries on 101 pass-rush snaps. He just didn’t spend that much time in the backfield affecting the passer.