Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is hit by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) during the first half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Look how much can chance in a year.
Just a year ago the New Orleans Saints had one of the worst defenses in the NFL. This year, under the guidance of new coordinator Rob Ryan, the Saints have a solid unit led by a defensive line that is receiving praise around the league. NOLA.com’s Jeff Duncan has the details:
"But Cam Jordan, John Jenkins, Akiem Hicks and Junior Galette have formed the most promising defensive line the Saints have had in more than a decade. And when considering that the 25-year-old Galette is the most experienced of the group, it’s downright scary what the unit could become in time.Collectively, they are stopping the run and pressuring the passer as well as any defensive line in the NFL.“They have been really effective so far early this year,” former Saints defensive tackle La’Roi Glover said. “We’re really starting to see Cam Jordan develop into a force in this league. He’s making big plays. And I don’t know where Junior Galette came from, but he’s been impressive, too, as has the big kid from Canada (Hicks).”"
What’s most interesting about the above quote is simple—the defensive line is just getting started. It’s great the line is off to a great start and players are responding well to a new scheme, but it’s amazing that the line is playing at this level so early. What the line could become as the players gain more experience is exciting to consider.
We’ll become one step closer to figuring out just how good this line is when the Saints take on the Miami Dolphins and an offensive line that has surrendered the most sacks of any team this season on Monday.
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