Saints quarterback Drew Brees said recently that the Saints have as good a chance as anyone of making it to the Super Bowl and it sounds like he’ll be getting plenty of help in the effort to get to Glendale, Arizona from defensive end Cameron Jordan.
Jordan had 12.5 sacks last season for New Orleans and said that he’d like to bump his average up to one a game during the 2014 season. He’s not making individual goals the centerpiece of his planning, though. Jordan said that he doesn’t “know if I care to be in that conversation” about being the best pass rusher in the NFL, but that he’s quite sure that he wants to end the year playing for the Lombardi Trophy.
“I want a Super Bowl,” Jordan said, via NFL.com. “I’m heading into my fourth year, I need it. And it’s in Arizona this year. … I’m from there, and I need it.”
The Saints have fallen short on defense at times in the Sean Payton era, but Jordan’s ascension is one reason to think that things will be the opposite this season. The arrival of safeties Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd as playmakers in the defensive backfield over the last two seasons is another reason and the rising overall talent level is a third for a team that has plenty of pieces on offense as well.