Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during the fourth quarter of a game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Overall, the Saints are much more balanced than they were two years ago. They picked the right defensive scheme and actually improved their defense a lot quicker than anyone expected. They need to take things to the next level on that side of the ball, though, and to do so they’ll need to spice up their pass-rush and clean things up in the back of their defense. If they’re able to do that, there’s no reason to think they can’t compete once again for the NFC South title – if not a lot more.
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