There is plenty of news surrounding the New Orleans Saints this morning, but none of it the good kind as most folks focus on the Victor Butler torn ACL saga.
The injury is unfortunate to say the least and it has every media outlet talking, including us. Our very own Ian-Mitchell Dear broke down why Butler’s injury could actually help the Saints.
Let’s take a look at what the rest of the world is saying.
Per Jeff Duncan:
I wasn’t as high on Butler as colleague Mike Triplett. While I see Butler’s season-ending knee injury as certainly a blow to the Saints’ defense, I think it’s far from a “devastating” one. The Saints have enough depth to withstand the impact of his loss and enough time to plan to compensate for it.
First of all, let’s set the record straight: Butler was far from dominant player. Sure, he was a solid addition, a veteran player in his prime who was penciled in to start at strongside linebacker. But I don’t think anyone in Saints camp saw him as a difference maker.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
That’s a huge blow because the Saints were counting on Butler to be a cornerstone as they try to recover from having the league’s worst defense last season. Butler had been handpicked by defensive coordinator Rob Ryan when he signed as a free agent in March. Butler and Ryan worked together in Dallas last season, and the Saints had big plans for him.
With Butler out, the Saints will have to juggle things at linebacker. Curtis Lofton and Jonathan Vilma are set as the inside linebackers and Will Smith seems the likely starter at the “Jack’’ linebacker spot.
Martez Wilson, Junior Galette and rookie Rufus Johnson now become the candidates to take Butler’s spot. All three of those guys have some potential, but they don’t have the same familiarity with Ryan’s defense as Butler did.
Per NOLA.com’s Larry Holder:
The Washington Redskins added some familiar faces as the team signed former New Orleans Saints wide receivers Devery Henderson and Donte Stallworth, the Redskins announced Wednesday. Henderson and Stallworth were both draft picks with the Saints under former coach Jim Haslett, who is currently the Redskins’ defensive coordinator.