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Saints defense still salty from Seahawks loss, ready to blitz

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The Saints defense was embarrassed the last time we saw them in a meaningful game.

They gave up 41 points to the Seahawks, and were on the wrong end of an all-time highlight authored by Marshawn Lynch.  You’d think the Saints would want to forget about that day, but they keep it at the front of their mind.

“We’ve discussed it sometimes this week,” defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I coach with a chip on my shoulder, and they play with a chip on their shoulders, too.”

Williams didn’t just mention it this week.  He’s mentioned it every week since the lockout ended. When the team first returned, he greeted his players with a video of that game.

“It should still bother you, if you care about how people view you, if you have pride in how you play. If it doesn’t bother you, then you have a real problem,” defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis said.

The Saints will have a very different lineup on Thursday night. Defensive end Will Smith is suspended. Perhaps team’s best defensive player safety Malcom Jenkins is healthy. Free agent pickups Shaun Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin will be factors.

The names have changed, but the approach will not. Williams says the Saints will blitz a lot like usual.

“We’ve got to play our way,” Williams said.

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27 Responses to “Saints defense still salty from Seahawks loss, ready to blitz”
  1. medtxpack says: Sep 8, 2011 5:09 PM

    Bring it on Saints!
    Yall do know Rodgers is the most efficient QB in the league against the blitz, right?!

  2. horsecore says: Sep 8, 2011 5:10 PM

    I’ll tell you what’s salty – those moobs Gregg Williams is sporting. For the love of god man, do some freaking pushups!

  3. citiciti says: Sep 8, 2011 5:10 PM

    GB24-NO21

  4. rpiotr01 says: Sep 8, 2011 5:10 PM

    You better get home, then, because if you don’t you’re going to see a lot of Finley running with lots of space in front of him.

  5. citizenstrange says: Sep 8, 2011 5:14 PM

    Maybe Mike McCarthy can come to some sort of gentlemen’s agreement with Sean Payton.

    Pick up the phone Mike.

    Just kidding. The Packers will win easily.

  6. cdsaints says: Sep 8, 2011 5:17 PM

    Rogers is going DOWN!

  7. childressrulz says: Sep 8, 2011 5:17 PM

    Bring that crap to Lambeau and see what happens saints. The Pack is about to confirm your worst fears….The saints window was brief and now over!

  8. PackersHome.com says: Sep 8, 2011 5:18 PM

    If the Saints try to blitz a lot, expect to get torched by 27 tampa quite a bit and Jermichael Finley to have a big day.

    Packers have too many offensive weapons to blitz heavy and Aaron Rodgers has grown to be one of the better QB’s in the NFL at defeating the blitz.

    Being a Packers fan, obviously, I’m picking the Packers to win, but I feel this game is gonna go differently that most are predicting.

    I pick the Packers because 2010 > 2009. You love my logic, admit it!!
    :)

  9. ahostiletakeover says: Sep 8, 2011 5:30 PM

    Blitz? If the Seahawks game is still anywhere in their minds as Williams is impying, I hope they got back to fundamentals and learned to tackle. I keep hearing that the Saints will win on the media’s amazing deductive ablitity to say because they held “team practices during the lockout, they’ll be better prepared. Well, I’m pretty sure there weren’t tackling drills being held by Brees in those sessions and from watching the same game (and Lynch run as well) not wrapping up and tackling was the biggest problem. I’m an AFC guy and have no horse in this race, but I doubt the Packers are going to lose at home, heard on ESPN earlier that they have won 11 straight home openers. Odds are clearly in their favor, not by a ton, but still in their favor.

  10. choisbois says: Sep 8, 2011 5:30 PM

    Yea but the blitz still would not have stopped Marshawn in that playoff game last year.

  11. cusoman says: Sep 8, 2011 5:32 PM

    childressrulz says:
    Sep 8, 2011 5:17 PM
    Bring that crap to Lambeau and see what happens saints. The Pack is about to confirm your worst fears….The saints window was brief and now over!
    —————–

    Funny, that’s what a lot of people are saying about the Pack too (pundits and obviously-biased Vikings and Bears fans aside).

  12. cwmorga says: Sep 8, 2011 5:33 PM

    @medtxpack says: Sep 8, 2011 5:09 PM

    Bring it on Saints!
    Yall do know Rodgers is the most efficient QB in the league against the blitz, right?!

    ————————

    He threw 5 of his 11 INTs last year against the blitz. He’s very efficient, but that’s pretty much the nature of the blitz, isn’t it? It’s a calculated risk that increases the chance of a big play for both teams.

  13. fishercob says: Sep 8, 2011 5:38 PM

    Hey, there’s a real football game in a few hours!

  14. claymatthewsloveshgh says: Sep 8, 2011 5:43 PM

    Now that the Pack is off the roids…they will be exposed as the all time frauds that they are!

  15. hfdskjhj says: Sep 8, 2011 5:43 PM

    cdsaints says: Sep 8, 2011 5:17 PM

    Rogers is going DOWN!

    =====================================

    Shaun Rogers?

  16. ikoikofinanay says: Sep 8, 2011 5:54 PM

    For those who think this will be a walk in the park for GB, well, this will be an evening of surprises for you.

    It will be close, I think. Don’t think GW is showing his plan to anyone. Sure he will blitz, but look for some surprises too.

    This will be a good game. I’m not calling it, but I like our chances. WHO DAT!!!

  17. rajuncajun28 says: Sep 8, 2011 6:02 PM

    Error Rogers – a Brees and Brady wanna-be….pathetic….

  18. nineroutsider says: Sep 8, 2011 6:11 PM

    Packers 35, Saints 31

    Now to piss everyone off…Rodgers is going to take my fantasy team to another championship just like he should be doing for my Niners…McCarthy has to be the luckiest dude in the world…pick Alex over Aaron only to get a 2nd chance.

    I wonder what Green Bay thought when they heard that the Packers had signed the 49ers, the 4-12 32nd ranked offense 49ers, OC as HC. Oh well, doesn’t matter now…

  19. jrmbadger says: Sep 8, 2011 6:11 PM

    I don’t think the blitz is the best way to get to Rodgers. He makes a lot of plays off the blitz and McCarthy would counter with a lot of 4 and 5 wide (or 4 wide with Finley as a 5th WR) and/or no-huddle offense. 4 and 5 wide spreads out your defense – you have to pick playing coverage or leaving a WR essentially open or covering him with a LB (which is a bad matchup).

    I would think the most effective way is to play lots of nickle defense (the Packs’ run game is sketchy) and hope that your D-line can get some pressure.

    Should be a fun game to watch, the Saints and Packers are both among the top teams in the conference.

  20. innerlign says: Sep 8, 2011 6:14 PM

    It will not be just blitzes, it will be confusion/cloudy looks.
    Gonna be a great game, with every play scrutinized. Saints by 9.

  21. scudbot says: Sep 8, 2011 6:15 PM

    rajuncajun28, couldn’t you work up something better than that 4th grade playground nonsense?

  22. jrmbadger says: Sep 8, 2011 6:34 PM

    “scudbot says:
    Sep 8, 2011 6:15 PM
    rajuncajun28, couldn’t you work up something better than that 4th grade playground nonsense?”

    In NO the 4th grade is considered college level.

    (I’m just teasing NO fans! No malice intended – it was just too tempting)

  23. jimmysee says: Sep 8, 2011 6:45 PM

    Thank you for letting me know.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mike McCarthy

  24. mdd913 says: Sep 8, 2011 7:12 PM

    Last season opener they said the Saints would blitz the lights out too. Instead they played two-man lines and dropped everybody into coverage.

    Moral of the story: Gregg Williams is the most unpredictable coordinator in the league and there’s no way to know what he’s going to do.

  25. juliusanonymous says: Sep 9, 2011 2:36 AM

    The Saints defense is its biggest weakness. I don’t know why Gregg Williams gets the respect he does when his defense is so bad.

  26. childressrulz says: Sep 9, 2011 2:45 AM

    cusoman says: Sep 8, 2011 5:32 PM

    childressrulz says:
    Sep 8, 2011 5:17 PM
    Bring that crap to Lambeau and see what happens saints. The Pack is about to confirm your worst fears….The saints window was brief and now over!
    —————–

    Funny, that’s what a lot of people are saying about the Pack too (pundits and obviously-biased Vikings and Bears fans aside).
    ______________________
    Like I said….bring that crap to Lambeau and see what happens. Hopefully the Saints are pissed and beat the hell out of the Bears in week two after Atlanta hammers them week 1.

  27. kevpft says: Sep 9, 2011 4:40 PM

    Well, that went well.

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