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Saints creating new identity on defense

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The head coach was back to fix the offense, but the Saints change in coordinator and scheme on defense was the difference in their win over the Falcons yesterday.

And the difference was apparent.

That was not their 2012 defense,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said, via Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

That’s the best news of all for the Saints, since their defense was the worst in league history a year ago, in terms of yards allowed.

So while it wasn’t airtight in the traditional sense, the new coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4 did enough on defense to make what Drew Brees and company did with the ball worthwhile.

After letting Atlanta out to a 10-0 lead, the Saints held them to one touchdown over the final three quarters, forcing a pair of turnovers and five punts in eight drives. They sacked Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan three times, as many times as they’ve ever dropped him in a game. They also held one of the league’s best offenses (even if it was with a one-legged Roddy White) to 3-of-11 third downs, made plays in the red zone, including Roman Harper’s game-clinching interception.

That had them feeling good, and feeling like they had changed something.

“The best part about this one wasn’t the play on the field but sharing the victory afterward with your teammates in the locker room,” cornerback Greer said. “There was a lot of bro love, . . .

“We are establishing the 2013 defensive culture.”

They don’t have the kind of personnel to be a good defense, but they can potentially be good enough to not be the reason they lose every week.

That will be a huge difference.

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18 Responses to “Saints creating new identity on defense”
  1. paulitik74 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:08 AM

    Saints fans, I wouldn’t get too hyped up about your defense, the Falcons OL was just pathetic.

  2. seauxwhut67 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:09 AM

    Great defensive performance against one of the best offenses in the league. S. Jackson should have done more damage than he did, but didn’t.

    That’s saying something.

  3. whodatsaybaby says: Sep 9, 2013 9:21 AM

    Where are the Saints haters? Did the internet in Atlanta stop working? It’s funny how I must have heard ”RISE UP” a hundred times walking into the dome yesterday and not a peep on the way out. HAHAHAHAAAA!

  4. sb44champs says: Sep 9, 2013 9:35 AM

    paulitik74 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 9:08 AM
    Saints fans, I wouldn’t get too hyped up about your defense, the Falcons OL was just pathetic.
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    Translation: I’m scared the Saints finally have a good defense to go along with that prolific offense…

  5. kane337 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:36 AM

    It’s just one game. I wouldn’t get carried away.

  6. goawayeverybody says: Sep 9, 2013 10:08 AM

    Boy not even one lame Bountygate jab? The Saints defense seems to have silenced all the haters for the time being.

    Geaux Saints!

  7. 20bust11 says: Sep 9, 2013 10:13 AM

    1 game against the team every loud mouthed commentator picked to win the division!
    To dismiss the Saints defense by calling the Falcons offense lame is absurd.
    The Falcons will probably score more than 20 points against every other team they play.
    This is NOT the 2012 Saints defense.
    The Saints offense will need to tighten their game up, but that should scare the rest of the NFL, as the defense looked solid.
    Adjustments were made after only 1 quarter of play, on both offense, and defense.
    Atlanta looked good scoring 10 points in the 1st quarter, but could only muster 7 points in the final 45 minutes.
    Give the Saints defense credit, when it is due.

  8. japmen says: Sep 9, 2013 10:28 AM

    The Ryan brothers are both good DCs. They aren’t as good as Monte but they definitely can improve a defense. You just have to game plan against their aggressive Ds as much as possible. That, and have a real Matty Ice for a QB.

  9. mdd913 says: Sep 9, 2013 10:37 AM

    Don’t have the kind of personnel to have a good defense…..LOL….it’s almost like you have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about.

  10. sb44champs says: Sep 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    “….They don’t have the kind of personnel to be a good defense…”
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    Seems to me that holding one of the best offenses in the league to 17 points (7 pts in last 45 min.) indicates that we most likely have the type of personnel to be a good defense….

  11. cowboycjn says: Sep 9, 2013 10:51 AM

    Sure is quiet in Atlanta, go look at their newspapers – one paper had a short paragraph about Brees’ passing and the new Saints defense. The rest DO NOT even mention the dirty birds. I really don’t think the state know they have an NFL team or just won’t admit it. Like hang your tail feathers in shame.

    Its ok daddy’s back (Sean) – we now have a coach to run things – unlike last year. Geaux Saints!

  12. tommysaint1 says: Sep 9, 2013 11:21 AM

    And Sean Payton finally pushed those adoption papers through on the falcons.

    Whose yo daddy?

  13. nathanbetz91 says: Sep 9, 2013 11:49 AM

    How can you say they don’t have the personnel to be a good defense? They have one of if not the best defensive coordinators in the league and they pretty much shut down one of the best offenses in the league.. Plus it’s only week one so you can’t really make the assumption they don’t have the players or coaches to have a good defense.

  14. grendelg says: Sep 9, 2013 3:12 PM

    Let’s not forget that last year, on their way to a 7-9 record and watching the playoffs from home, the Saints beat the Falcons in New Orleans. The Falcons managed to somehow survive such an event and go on to be the #1 seed in the NFC.

    Saints fans, congrats on your win and holding serve at home. Don’t let it geaux to your heads. We’ll see you in November.

  15. mdd913 says: Sep 9, 2013 4:37 PM

    grendelg says: Sep 9, 2013 3:12 PM

    Let’s not forget that last year, on their way to a 7-9 record and watching the playoffs from home, the Saints beat the Falcons in New Orleans. The Falcons managed to somehow survive such an event and go on to be the #1 seed in the NFC.

    Saints fans, congrats on your win and holding serve at home. Don’t let it geaux to your heads. We’ll see you in November.

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    As long as you don’t forget this: 12-3.

  16. jkaflagg says: Sep 9, 2013 4:56 PM

    Falcons fan here – congrats to the Saints, they earned it. Wish Jackson hadn’t dropped that pass on 3rd down, but the Saints came back and stopped them on 4th….teams seemed pretty even, looking forward to a good rematch in the ATL….

    Regarding the Saints D: heard a lot about the problems with missing players on defense (Smith, Vilma )etc…..but I’m wondering if some Saints fans may be thinking that the defense might be better without some of the missing guys ? Sometimes the younger players just need to get on the field, and coaches are afraid to remove the “old heads” and possibly disrupt the locker room…..What do you think ?

  17. mdd913 says: Sep 9, 2013 6:35 PM

    jkaflagg that is true.

    When Will Smith got hurt the overwhelming consensus on all the message boards was kind of “Ok, big deal.” We appreciate the years he put in but he is not half the player he was in his prime.

    I don’t think that is necessarily true of Vilma as much, but him being out meant that Hawthorne was going to get more playing time and he’s started to show that he is still the same player that was so good in Seattle. Likewise, Victor Butler was a loss, but at the same time if he were there a young guy like Galette wouldn’t have the same chances he’s had to shine.

  18. herogoesallin says: Sep 10, 2013 1:53 AM

    new identity? they raised the bounties?

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