After all the shaking up in the Saints organization over the past few months, it feels good just to settle down a bit, catch our breath, and get ready for the upcoming draft. Sure, we lost many of our favorites on offense (it’s still a bit tender for me). But strides were made to toughen up and solidify the defense, which struggled mightily in 2014. Certainly the addition of Brandon Browner doesn’t hurt, but will it be enough?
Browner does bring a somewhat impressive resume with him, though, having tallied 142 combined tackles, 45 passes defended, 11 interceptions, three forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns during his career. However, on the flip side of that, he has also been frequently flagged for pass interference amongst a host of other defensive infractions. Perhaps that’s just the unfortunate consequence of being a player who possesses an aggressive and fearless style of play. Or maybe it’s something far more disheartening.
Still and all, his veteran presence should be a boost to the younger players, who by the way were virtually stripped of most of their veteran leadership before the start of last season. I think that had a lot to do with the lack of production on the field; it just didn’t allow them time to develop a chemistry (but that’s a whole other story).
I don’t doubt that Browner opposite Keenan Lewis will make the secondary better than the way it was; it sure couldn’t get much worse. Lewis is as solid a player as they come and Browner is not going to back down. If nothing else, at least both sides of the field will have a physical presence to be reckoned with. Let’s pray that it will be enough to help bring the defense back to its top 5 form of 2013 (providing they can improve on stopping the run too). Perhaps then Rob Ryan’s job will be secure once more.