New Orleans Saints will start making changes on the defensive line

September 23, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette (93) sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

After another puzzling loss yesterday by the New Orleans Saints it was pretty obvious things need to change.  One of those will be along the defensive line for the next game against the Green Bay Packers.

In a press conference today defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo acknowledged that there will be some tweaks made on the front four after seeing how well certain players stood out.

Defensive end Junior Galette, who had two sacks yesterday, was one player that Spagnuolo mentioned that needed to be out on the field more.  Galette is a player that fits the modern day end who are becoming more athletic lean muscle than big bulky mass and tall with long arms.

Spagnuolo also said that rookie defensive tackle Akiem Hicks would be involved a lot more in the rotation as well.  Although this is his first year, Hicks is progressing well and even eating into defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley’s snaps.

Another player that did well prior to the season but we haven’t seen action from is defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker.  A monstrous force during camp and preseason, Walker has yet to grace the field.  Sedrick Ellis is the starter at that position, but like Bunkley doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect against the run or pass rush.

With the defense still in it’s testing phase so to speak, Spagnuolo has been trying different combinations and with the upcoming game against Green Bay, we could possibly see one that will start to actually work.

Topics: Akiem Hicks, Junior Galette, New Orleans Saints, Steve Spagnuolo

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  • Larry James

    New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is making a change defensive line. Good he making some changes sometimes your best guys is on the bench waiting to play. Hopefully this will make a big difference these guys need to get real about the game.

  • John

    It is about time that Akeem Hicks replace an ineffective Sedrick Ellis.