Defensive players for Saints should start to see some reality

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Oct 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Lance Ball (35) slips past New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson (95) and safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos went on to win 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE

If reality han’t set in for some defensive players along the New Orleans Saints locker room, then after their horrid performance on Sunday it really should.

Listening to some post game comments by players in the locker room after the Denver Broncos game by WWL 870 AM reporter Kristian Garic, one really stuck out to me.

Defensive end Will Smith was asked about the run defense to which he responded that he didn’t feel that was an issue.  The reality of it was the Saints defense allowed the Broncos to run for 225 yards and are currently ranked at 31st in the NFL in run defense.

Other defensive players are using the blanket of it being just simple lack of execution of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme.  It might also be something else that is missing which is their style of play and current talent.

The Saints defensive unit hasn’t played with the same aggressive manner that we’ve seen or better yet become accustomed to over the past few years.  The fire seems to be gone and players appear to be hot and cold from one game to the next.

As far as talent, Smith is one that is high on the radar of under performing.  He was beaten like a drum by the offensive line all last Sunday and has rarely been the shadow of himself we’ve seen before when he was a first round draft pick as has defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.

Other first rounders that don’t have the same impact they have or should have are cornerback Patrick Robinson and safety Malcolm Jenkins.  Robinson had a stellar sophomore year last season but has regressed considerably with poor coverage and even worse tackling.

Jenkins hit a slump last year after he was chosen to be the heir apparent to former Saint Darren Sharper.  Jenkins showed he was a cerebral, physical player after being picked in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft but seems to be a non-factor now in the secondary.

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  • David nelams,Jr.

    The defense sucks and the execution sucks as well, players don’t tackle,they play 10yrds off a receiver how can you cover anyone like that!

    • Larry James

      Like of leadership New Orleans Saints not a bad team Roger Goodell knew that this why he did what did on this suppose to be bounty program. To take away a head coach from a team was selfish of Roger Goodell all of this was all because of super bowl run. Every coach and team know that Sean Payton is the mastermind of the NFL. Next year will be a different story to talk about Sean Payton will be back players who are not doing they job will be gone. Are Sean Payton will put them in they right places of play, I really think the players on the defensive side are good players and Spag. is a good coach just need need a mastermind to help get in the right spots and help push the players to learn his system.

  • padman

    how about higgins starting for Dave Thomas … I don’t get it.. this is a great talent and we play Thomas what a joke…

    • Larry James

      I don’t know all I know is that the Saints defense need to get better before Sean Payton get back. This defense must start performing because Sean Payton get back because he are not going to put up with they performance. Are some of these guys want have a job its bad to say but it’s true.