Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette (93) celebrates a sack in the the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
After the Saints and Falcons game, considering last season’s defensive snafus and frustrations, two of the top sack-masters from last year have commemorated a great turnaround for the Saints. Junior Galette and Cameron Jordan have topped their sack totals from last year. Galette has a healthy six sacks while Jordan has a whopping 9.5 sacks according to ProFootballReference.com. Last season Galette had five sacks and Jordan had eight sacks.
There are many important stats in football and specifically on defense. Takeaways, tackles, red zone defense, 3rd down stops, and many more are very important measures of a good defense. Sack totals, though, tell a story of the team. High sack totals tell opponents that the defense will get to their quarterback. It causes stress among coaches who have to find ways to block great pass rushers. Sacks equal something very important in the NFL: intimidation. The ability to leverage fear can create countless opportunities for a great defensive team.
As it stands, after Week 12, the Saints have 37 sacks this year compared to 30 sacks last year. In less than a season, the Saints have become much more intimidating. Jordan and Galette have been a big part of that reputation, as has defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. As was predicted in the preseason, these two have a bright future for the Saints. They are pivotal to helping create the type of defensive presence the Saints need to have on the field in order to give Drew Brees a chance to beat other teams.
The next opponents for the Saints, the Seahawks, Rams, Panthers (twice), and Bucs all have respectable offensive lines. The Saints have their work cut out for them. But, considering the weapons the Saints have on defense, Galette and Jordan are more than a match for whatever offense they face. They are exciting to watch and Saints fans will all be watching eagerly to see how often the opposing quarterback hits the turf.
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