It’s clear that the 3-4 defense did not suite Rogers as well as his original defensive tackle position did in a 4-3 defense, which luckily is what the Saints run, a 4-3 defense.
Rogers wanted to play in a 4-3 defense so bad in fact that reports say he turned down a 6M dollar offer to play in a 3-4 scheme with a rival team to play with the Saints on a one-year 4M dollar contract.
Going back to his time in a 4-3 defense with the Lions, from 2001-2007, it’s hard to argue with his production considering he notched 28 sacks during that time frame including a career best seven sacks in 2007.
Rogers possesses the bulk the Saints have sorely missed in the middle of their defense for so long and his ability to power through the offensive line and fill gaps is uncanny.
Not to be overlooked is the fact the he will line up next to defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, who is considered by many to be among the best defensive tackles in the league. It’s a duo that should wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks.
His addition will also help alleviate most of the double teams placed on right defensive end Will Smith, arguably the Saints best pass rusher, and allow Smith more opportunity to rush the passer in one-on-one situations.
New Orleans still has allot of work to do when it comes to re-bulding the defensive line considering that Smith is likely to be suspended the first four games of the season and the production from left defensive end Alex Brown has been minimal.
However the Saints signing of Shaun Rogers is a giant step in the right direction. Maybe the Saints should consider going after Vikings left defensive end Ray Edwards, who is unlikely to return to Minnesota, to round out the rebuild — just a thought.