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Saints will keep blitzing under Spagnuolo

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The Saints had a blitz-heavy identity under outgoing defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. No team in the league sent more six- and seven-man rushes over the past two seasons, and that kind of approach pays big-time dividends when one of the blitzers gets home.

When it doesn’t? Well, then it’s like Christmas for the offense.

New coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is implementing more zone coverage in the secondary, but the Saints’ approach up front will be similar. Spags is a disciple of famously blitz-happy former Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, after all.

It’s extremely aggressive,” Saints linebacker Chris Chamberlain explained of Spagnuolo’s scheme, per Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I think if Spags had it his way, he would like to blitz and pressure on every down.”

Added safety Malcolm Jenkins, “Spags’ defense isn’t a sit-back defense. It’s still aggressive. It’s not your all-out pressure that you get from a Gregg Williams defense, but he does have a lot of pressure coming from a lot of different places. And he preaches playing fast and playing downhill.”

So it sounds like Spagnuolo’s defense won’t be quite as irresponsibly blitz-based as Williams’ was. But that’s probably a good thing, and the Saints are still going to stress putting pressure on the quarterback on most downs.

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33 Responses to “Saints will keep blitzing under Spagnuolo”
  1. highonluck says: May 27, 2012 6:37 PM

    In other news Peyton Manning will continue to throw down field and Mario Williams will keep trying to tackle the guy with the ball.

  2. randallflagg52 says: May 27, 2012 6:40 PM

    It’s amazing to me that some teams keep kicking the tires of DC’s who have been around in the league for a while, yet teams like Baltimore promote from within every year or two until someone gives that DC a head coach job.

  3. shian11 says: May 27, 2012 6:49 PM

    If saints keep blitzing in 2012, it will be interesting in 2013

  4. descendency says: May 27, 2012 6:54 PM

    …Because their front 4 can’t get enough pressure on its own.

  5. profootballwalk says: May 27, 2012 6:56 PM

    The Saints better put some pressure on their own QB to show up for camp. If he doesn’t, their defense won’t matter one bit.

  6. kingcarlbanks says: May 27, 2012 7:01 PM

    Bad move taking the Rams job. Should bave stayed with the Giants, picked up another ring and in 2 years got the Giants HC job. Coughlin ain’t no spring chicken..

  7. crabboil says: May 27, 2012 7:02 PM

    Someone tell those terrible Saints that they’re not supposed to get after opposing quarterbacks…

  8. g3ts0me says: May 27, 2012 7:17 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation

  9. saintsfan26 says: May 27, 2012 7:57 PM

    How bout all you haters quit worrying about what the Saints are doing? I think our recent success and domination over your pathetic teams speaks for itself. We will continue to destroy all of you. Who Dat!

  10. peacensapp says: May 27, 2012 7:58 PM

    Actually, Drew Brees doesn’t want an explanation this time.

  11. redbeardxxv says: May 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    saintsfan26 says:
    May 27, 2012 7:57 PM
    How bout all you haters quit worrying about what the Saints are doing? I think our recent success and domination over your pathetic teams speaks for itself. We will continue to destroy all of you. Who Dat!
    ———————————————————
    Domination? You’ve won 1 SB……..EVER. (and there’s an asterisk next to that one)
    Hell, you got knocked out of the playoffs by the 9-7 SeaHawks a few years back…..
    If Brees decides to keep his services from you, Spags Defense won’t win you a damn thing this year either. The only place you’re dominating is on Madden….. I think I hear the X-box calling you back to your fantasy world.

  12. deathtoromo says: May 27, 2012 8:34 PM

    Be a good test for RG3s first real game.

  13. saints4evah says: May 27, 2012 9:03 PM

    Well Redbeard…we have a great record the last few years. Defensive dumbassery got us booted from the playoffs a couple of times, and that happens. Sure…Sainstfan was a bit overboard on this domination thing…but your asterisk crud is as laughable as the resat of of your trashing of our team. It’s all about mind over matter.
    We don’t mind what you say, because you don’t matter.
    Just a hater with nothing but a handful of insults to add to the mix.
    Who Dat 4 EVAH!

  14. saintsfan83 says: May 27, 2012 9:40 PM

    WHO DAT NATION!!!!! We know our history and u know our present thats what make us so great fron laughing stock to powerhouse . We will continue to run the score up on the rest of you scrubs with our HC at his house.

  15. purplegreenandgold says: May 27, 2012 9:47 PM

    redbeardxxv says: May 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    saintsfan26 says:
    May 27, 2012 7:57 PM
    How bout all you haters quit worrying about what the Saints are doing? I think our recent success and domination over your pathetic teams speaks for itself. We will continue to destroy all of you. Who Dat!
    ———————————————————
    Domination? You’ve won 1 SB……..EVER. (and there’s an asterisk next to that one)
    Hell, you got knocked out of the playoffs by the 9-7 SeaHawks a few years back…..
    If Brees decides to keep his services from you, Spags Defense won’t win you a damn thing this year either. The only place you’re dominating is on Madden….. I think I hear the X-box calling you back to your fantasy world.
    ====================================
    Madden…X-box…fantasy world…pretty sure mommy has tucked you in for the night but if you are up “How many teams out there would take a Super Bowl win”. please supply the link that has an *

  16. randallflagg52 says: May 27, 2012 10:26 PM

    I think Saints fans are as obnoxious as Steeler fans, but anyone who thinks their SB win should have an asterisk next to it is wrong. They did noting that gave them an edge to win that title, unlike the Steelers who did ‘roids in the 70′s and bought the ref’s against Seattle and the Pats stealing signals.

    Saints won fair and square, get over it losers.

  17. thejuddstir says: May 27, 2012 10:30 PM

    The Taints* have the longest history/legacy of losing in the entire NFL, they win a SB by cheating and they’re begging for respect from the rest of the league….aint’ gonna happen.

  18. wyrdawg says: May 27, 2012 11:24 PM

    Keep playing Frank for this guy and it’s all good. Damn good move by the Saints to get this guy. Solid gold.

  19. northeastkiller says: May 27, 2012 11:26 PM

    No asterisk needed to the Saints SB. The old guys on the field in the striped shirts = there’s no unfair competitive advantage gained, they’re supposed to take care of illegal hits and legal hits are legal hits whatever the motivation. Bounties are not cheating, sorry whiners from Minnesota/Atlanta/New England.

  20. kingcarlbanks says: May 28, 2012 12:20 AM

    Like email or not, but the Saints are a tough game on any team’s schedule. The paper bags back in the day were funny though..

  21. larryjames836 says: May 28, 2012 4:03 AM

    saintsfans26; All those Saints haters going to talk but what they fail to understand is Goodell don’t care what team you are his eyes is open on the other 31 teams. They are the ones afriad of Goodell but Goodell knew when he drop the bomb on the Saints he knew the WHODAT was not going to take this mess lying down. He knows we done been through the stroms what he did just made us strong if you Goodell fans ask Goodell who going to take the Super Bowl Championship he will tell you the Saints. This is why he removed Sean Payton the mastermind he was thinking if I suspend Sean Payton the Saints are out wrong Sean Payton is the best coach in the NFL Goodell knows that. It’s not about bounty scandal its about the Super Bowl and the Saints are hosting it in other words we can’t host it and win it to we were in the playoffs two years in a roll. What is this saying that we are a danger to the NFL and all 31 teams this is why the teams cries when we come to town because we are the elite team. Don’t no teams beat us we beats ourselves with turnovers we the only team in the NFL that don’t worry about the other team with a 7or14 point lead because we a high scoring team I rest my case.

  22. lolb23 says: May 28, 2012 4:25 AM

    No asterisk needed to the Saints SB
    —————————————————-

    Disagree. They won that SB with players that should not have been playing in the game, and would not have been had the Saints been busted sooner. You factor that in and you have a tainted SB.

    * Saints

  23. rushbacker says: May 28, 2012 4:52 AM

    Aside from a couple of old school masters like Le Beau and Capers, Spagnuolo is one of the best DCs in the league. People who want to judge him based on his HC tenure don’t really even deserve to have their opinions acknowledged. Quick, go tell me how Le Beau and Capers did as head coaches! Then check out Buddy Ryan’s head coaching record.

    Greg Williams was heavily overrated LONG before all the bounty stuff. Decent coordinator, sure. The guy was far from a rockstar, though. Spags learned from the legendary Jim Johnson, and Steve’s blitz packages are far more diverse, creative and effective than Williams. Anybody can be really aggressive, and just dial up a bunch of zero blitzes and roll the dice that they’ll get home often enough. It’s something else to consistently outscheme the opponent, and find ways to generate a lot of effective pressure without always compromising your coverages. Spagnuolo is on a different level than Williams, and will be a significant upgrade in the long term if they can get him some talent to work with in the front four besides the aging Will Smith.

  24. rdly49ers says: May 28, 2012 11:24 AM

    .Go Niners that’s all I gotta say ….

  25. SeenThisB4 says: May 28, 2012 12:18 PM

    This year, the Saints will accrue some cart-offs of opposing QBs.

  26. backindasaddle says: May 28, 2012 12:30 PM

    OF COURSE!…. they should keep blitzing. This is still football is it not? Are they supposed to now play defense all nicey nicey and non-physical and somehow “reserved”? Are you kidding me? Are they supposed to play as if they’ve been neutered? This is still football and it is still violent at its very core. It is not intended to be played like lawn crocket.

  27. cowboycjn says: May 28, 2012 12:40 PM

    g3ts0me says:
    May 27, 2012 7:17 PM
    Drew Brees wants an explanation
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Really original dude….must have stayed up all night trying to figure which keys to press to write that original thought of yours huh? Just about a old as a stale bag of potatoe chips – really brilliant of you. Get a life.

  28. cowboycjn says: May 28, 2012 12:46 PM

    lolb23 says:
    May 28, 2012 4:25 AM
    No asterisk needed to the Saints SB
    —————————————————-
    Disagree. They won that SB with players that should not have been playing in the game, and would not have been had the Saints been busted sooner. You factor that in and you have a tainted SB.
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    And if Japan would have won WWII we would not be playing NFL football. Thats about how bright you are. Oh, and if the dinosaurs would not have become extinct, we could go see em in the zoo. Makes you wonder how some people think – but then again thats the problem – they don’t.

  29. vtopa says: May 28, 2012 1:17 PM

    God help the opposing teams for the Saints this year. Spags blitz schemes are nothing less than exotic and these guys are playing with the biggest chip on their shoulder of ANY team in the history of the NFL.

  30. kingfish4242 says: May 28, 2012 2:11 PM

    lolb23 says:
    May 28, 2012 4:25 AM
    No asterisk needed to the Saints SB
    —————————————————-

    Disagree. They won that SB with players that should not have been playing in the game, and would not have been had the Saints been busted sooner. You factor that in and you have a tainted SB.

    * Saints

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

    you are correct. there will always be an asterick on our title. it looks like this

    * Saints 31
    Colts 17

    * Denotes Home Team.

  31. lvass76 says: May 28, 2012 2:46 PM

    No choice…the pass rush isn’t good enough. That’s all this says. No surprise.

  32. goodolebaghead says: May 28, 2012 4:13 PM

    Bounties on everyone next year! No holding back!

  33. 11jlacy says: May 28, 2012 4:54 PM

    Spags do the thing!!!!!

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