New Orleans Saints defense has room for improvement

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New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams (Source cdn.bleacherreport.com)

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are off to a 4-1 start and are currently leading the NFC South division, but if coach Sean Payton’s team is going to make a run at another Super Bowl the Saints defense is going to have to improve from it’s current level of play.

There’s an old saying in football that “Defenses win championships”  if that’s true then New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has his work cut out for him.

Just 2 seasons removed from a Super Bowl victory, the Saints defense has yet to return to the dominance it displayed in 2009.

With a dynamic offense that is capable of putting up big numbers every week, it’s easy to overlook the deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball.

Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense have been masterful at overcoming the teams inability to keep opposing teams from scoring – with a total of 18 in his career, Brees already has added 2 come from behind wins in the fourth quarter this season.

His latest last Sunday at Carolina.

The Saints made moves in the off season to bring in players that could improve the defensive front, signing players like defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and defensive end Turk McBride  from Detroit along with defensive tackle Abrayo Franklin from San Francisco and the Seahawks Will Herring at OLB- and while the teams run defense has improved, the lack of a consistent pass rush gives opposing quarterbacks an opportunity to dissect a vulnerable New Orleans secondary.

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