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4 reasons why the Saints defense will improve in 2017

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 11: Delvin Breaux #40 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after making an interception in the end zone during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 11, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 11: Delvin Breaux #40 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after making an interception in the end zone during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 11, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) /
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Healthy Players

For once this season the New Orleans Saints are starting off *relatively* injury free for the defense. The only real dilemma at this point is the uncertainty of DL Nick Fairley and his pre-existing heart condition.

Arguably if one reason caused the Saints defense last year to failing, it would have to have been the injuries. An argument can be made about the miscues, but I’ll cover that another time. All of the players that went down before the season started, and at the very beginning crippled the Saints. Similar to a scenario where a long distance runner would forget his water, and shoes at home, like the New Orleans Saints, both parties were doomed to fail from the very beginning.

If you’re a team in the NFL, and you want success every week then stay healthy, it’s that simple. Health is a defining factor that allows some athletes to shine while also letting others fall. Let’s take a look at CB Delvin Breaux for an example.

In 2015 Breaux was a stud. Breaux was performing at arguably an elite level, holding down some of the leagues best receivers. The season after, everything changed. After Breaux came back from breaking his Fibula there was a noticeable difference in his ability to perform. He wasn’t as fluid in his movements, he was getting beat out on the outside, and overall the Delvin Breaux Saints fans temporarily knew was gone in 2016.

Now since then Breaux has gotten back up to speed and appears to be performing at his once premiere level. Luckily for the Saints organization, and for the fans sake, this injury didn’t have any extra long lasting effects.

To be quite honest, for some athletes, injuries can become very devastating, and impactful. There are a few lessons that can be learned from this example. If you’re an athlete, be very cautious when dealing with serious physical injuries, especially during the rehab process. The health of a team dictates how well that team will perform in any given season.

So What did you think of this list?! Is there anything you believe will allow the Saints defense success next season? Well, let myself and Who Dat Dish know what you thought if you have any comments regarding the article!

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Yes, for those Saints enthusiasts who didn’t know, Who Dat Dish now has an official podcast! Myself along with fellow WDD writer, Dayton Brown host a weekly podcast dedicated to everything New Orleans Saints. Stay tuned because the next episode is Monday, June 26th.

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