Keys to the Game: Falcons vs. Saints

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Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Ryan, all eyes are on you. Ryan displays a huge difference, as we’ve seen, in the coaching of the defense to Steve Spagnoulo. Why? Sure, you may have been frustrated at the opening drives, and think, ‘Oh No, here we go again, this defense sucks’. What you don’t see or notice is the coaching adjustments that were made after those drives, and actually work. That’s where Ryan fits in best.

Honestly, my eyes would be on Keenan Lewis. Roddy White & Julio Jones are not Andre Johnson, let me just say that. However, they still pose potential problems. We weren’t exactly thrilled to see Andre Johnson get the best of Lewis in the preseason game against the Texans, but other than Megatron, he’s one of those receivers you simply won’t shut down.

The idea (and it’s not rocket science) here is to disrupt Matt Ryan. Make of it what you will, but missing on the Falcons Offensive Line is the likes of Todd McClure (the long-time center), and Tackle Tyson Clabo. There’s all sorts of things to point out about Steven Jackson, and his great deal of successes against the Saints. We should look to see some Broderick Bunkley/John Jenkins stuffing up the middle to prevent Jackson from breaking anything long. You can’t forget about the ever ageless Tony Gonzales, and the biggest question is whether Roman Harper, or the rookie Kenny Vaccaro may get his chance.

Let’s just be real for a second, we don’t need Rob Ryan to churn out a top 10 defense. Don’t get me wrong, any of us would gladly take it. I don’t even think we saw even a portion of what Rob Ryan plans to do this season for play calling. I’m definitely keeping my eyes on Junior Galette & Martez Wilson. These guys are pumped, and ready to show everyone what this defense is about.

“I’m definitely geeked up,” – Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette

 

“For me, I try to treat every single game the same. I don’t put any more emphasis on any single game, but it is a rivalry. I mean, we don’t like them, they don’t like us. And I definitely don’t like them.” -Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton

 

“We know they don’t have that much respect for us, but we don’t pay attention to that. We just want to buckle up on Sundays. … Less talking, more playing.” “I have no idea why that is. Maybe they’re scared to come in the Dome. But we beat them at home, at their house too, I don’t really know what it is. I just feel like we want to dominate the division. Our main focus after we dominate the division is to do everything else, wing the NFC. But our main focus is to dominate the division. Atlanta is one of the better teams in the division.” -Junior Galette

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