New Orleans Saints defense, Spagnuolo are in the “zone”

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The take is different from former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams blitz heavy scheme that often left the defensive backs in man-to-man coverage, or basically one-on-one with a tight end or wide receiver.

We saw the past few seasons that Williams’ scheme was counteracted by teams and San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis’ devastating receptions against Saints safety Roman Harper in the 2012 NFC Divisional Game is a perfect example.

Players like Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins are very excited by the new approach.  Jenkins stated that he would be able to make plays closer to the line of scrimmage than in the past.

Often Jenkins was having to cross the entire field to make a play or even make a tackle.  This was often because Harper was utilized in blitzing the quarterback leaving Jenkins to attempt to clean up a play.

While the players are excited by the new defensive scheme, it’s also become apparent that the fans can’t wait to see it in action.  With training camp not to far off, no doubt loyal Who Dats will come out in full force for a sneak peak.

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Tags: Gregg Williams Malcolm Jenkins New Orleans Saints Roman Harper San Francisco 49'ers Steve Spagnuolo Vernon Davis

  • LI Saint

    I, for one, am really tired of all this off season drama and am truly ready for some Saints’ football

  • LI Saint

    On another note…a more balanced defensive attack by the Saints will help the offense out instead of the blitz heavy packages of the past that kept the offense “keyed up” until the final whistle wondering if the lead that they had put up would survive.