Saints Defense Will Be The Difference Maker in ‘08


I will not bore you with all the moves the Saints made this off season, what I will tell you is that they were the right moves, and the defense will be the difference maker the Saints need to finally play(and win) this years Super Bowl.

In 2006 Coach Peyton shocked everyone with his play calling. The Saints offense could not have been better. The most memorable game for me was their win over Dallas. With the “Big Tuna” watching from the other side, you would have to wonder what he was thinking. Both anger, and proud, that one of his protégé’s was out coaching him on national TV. In 2007 however, the offense seemed to be missing something, Coach Peyton’s play calling was not working as it did in 2006, and with Deuce gone, and injuries to other key players, they just could not get it together.

The defense also did not help. Even when the offense scored, the defense could not manage to keep the opposing team from coming back, and with 3 games decided by a touchdown or less, it proves that defense is the key to winning no matter how good your offense is.

2008 will be different; the defense is primed to be a force this year. Roman Harper is more experienced and has already shown signs of greatness. We will also have one of the most expensive front fours in the NFL after Sedrick Ellis signs, and with 3 1st round draft picks taking the field chasing after QB’s, I cannot wait for the 1st snap. “Quarterback’s Beware”

Yes there are still some questions whether Mike McKenzie will be ready, will Grant miss time due to legal issues. If they do miss time it will not matter, the Saints have enough depth and experience along with young talent that will see them rise to the occasion. Turnovers have been the biggest issue the last 2 years. History has shown defenses that create turnovers win football games. So with that, expect Gary Gibbs to have some nice blitz packages ready with his multiple playmakers. Smith, Grant, Ellis, McCray, Vilma, and Harper… Can you say SACK FACTORY?

One final note, I do believe Coach Peyton will find a use for Reggie Bush, and he will not be the worst bust since Ricky Williams, and Meachem will also show he was worthy of a 1st round pick. ….. And Marques Colston will finally make it to the pro bowl. Go Saints!!!

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One Response to “Saints Defense Will Be The Difference Maker in ‘08”

  1. Tony Derbigny says:

    Love the article and the enthusiasm. My only question is….. we all saw the changes in play calling on both offense and defense but why was it so hard for our coaches to see it. I love our coaching staff as of now but im also wondering why they did not see that they had to pull Jason David for us to have any chance to get into the playoffs last year. I just cringed everytime i saw him line up across from any half decent receiver. The only reason I was upset about it was because it seems it was just sooooo obvious. Was I the only one?

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