The New Orleans Saints have plenty to be proud of when it comes to defense after a strong turnaround this year under new coordinator Rob Ryan.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins is happy to describe the impressive turnaround, but at the same time says it means nothing if they are the best unit in the NFL and fail to win the championship, per the team’s official site:
We can end up the No. 1 defense in the league and if we don’t win this game, it’s all for nothing.
“The end-all is really to win the championship, but it tells the story of how far we’ve come from last year, how much we’ve improved. And it tells a lot about the players and the coaches that we have in this organization. So it’s something we’re definitely proud of.”
Jenkins goes on to say that the key for the Saints success this year is by playing complementary football, or to have a great balance of offense and defense:
“Our offense does a lot for us and has done a lot over the years,” Jenkins said. “Our defense hasn’t gotten the credit that it always deserves but I think this year, to see the numbers and have these games where our performance helps us win the game when our offense may not be on its best, it’s a good feeling.
“But that’s how you play complimentary football, that’s how you win a lot of games, when not all the burden of winning is on one side of the ball.”
Jenkins is right in saying the Saints have figured out a formula in terms of balance — and it has led to plenty of success on the field this year.
Now that things have been better aligned, the team just has to stay healthy and better execute in big games — especially on the road — to bring home a championship.
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