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The New Orleans Saints, Gregg Williams, and ineffective blitz packages

By Editorial Staff

I’ve been watching the Saints all season, and I am happy that they are winning, but after each game one has to wonder what is Gregg Williams thinking.

The defense has played bi-polar at best, and what should be a good secondary is getting consistently beat. Worse yet they are getting beat at the worst possible times.

One of my colleagues said it best, is Gregg Williams inability to effectively blitz and consistently pressure the quarterback the root cause?

Williams came in to New Orleans in 2009, his blitz schemes terrified opposing quarterbacks during that first year.

Well after the chaos of his defenses tempered in 2010,  it resulted in solid defensive play, but also a huge drop in the amount of turnovers caused by the Saints defense.

It seems to me that people figured out when he was going to blitz and when he wasn’t and planned accordingly. More and more teams seem to be finding success against the Saints blitz with the quick pass/screen game.

I had a discussion the other day with a few of my friends who are real sports enthusiasts and they all agreed.

When people play the Saints they play to stop the blitz knowing that eventually they will hit on a big play.

I doesn’t matter how good of a secondary that your team has, if they are constantly put on an island with little help something is going to happen.

Gregg Williams is this defensive master mind who can’t seem to change his own game plan.

I wonder what would happen if he played a couple games where he blitzed less than normal?

Would that force turnovers, possibly, and it seems likely that teams wouldn’t know how to respond when seeing coverages that aren’t what they saw on video, or moreover Saints defenders drop into coverage instead of commit to the blitz.

Although this theory would put a lot of pressure on the defensive line, I think its time they bear the load and try to pressure the quarterback consistently with just the front four.