October 21, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) runs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints are approaching a critical year in 2013 with head coach Sean Payton back in the fold, and not many players know just how critical next season is more than cornerback Jabari Greer.
Greer has been the subject to much scrutiny this offseason after the team brought in Keenan Lewis, as many are wondering if Greer will play a big role or not. Heck, the entire Saints roster is facing a lot of scrutiny, particularly the defense, which was historically bad in 2012.
Greer had the chance to act as the author of Sports Illustrated‘s Monday Morning Quarterback this week and provided some insight into the mind set of the players during the debacle that was last season, as well as a look into the future:
"What was not told in the headlines or on the news, however, was the spirit of our men in the locker room. Experiencing an unprecedented ordeal in the history of the NFL, our men never wavered. Although our spirit wasn’t reflected in the final score of nine of our games, we endured Goliath’s wrath last season, and now Goliath has to pay.So forgive me if I sound the trumpet of preseason enthusiasm. It was out of tune for a year, in the shop being repaired. This year holds no promise of a better timbre for the orchestra that is the Saints; but now, in our coach, we have our first chair back, and he has brought in a badass sax player in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, some new songs and some new steps.So, for this summer, in the searing sun of Southern Louisiana, 90 men leave their individual life behind and dream of becoming one; and although the goal is simple, and hope profuse, becoming timeless is going to take a lot of work."
The Saints defense has a lot of work to do in 2013. There’s a new sheriff in town by the name of Rob Ryan, and Greer and Co. should be better as a result.
It’s great to hear how the team rallied together last season during the absence of their coach. That’s a testament to just how strong the veteran leadership on the team truly is, and will continue to be in 2013.
The Saints have a strong core. Greer is a great representation of that core. The youngsters on the roster are in good hands going into next season.
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