Greater attention to defense
You don’t have to be a New Orleans Saints fan to know their dismal performance on the defensive side of the ball. They’ve broken records that no team wants to break. There are more highlights against them than there are showcasing impactful plays.
Even though they improved as the season went on and stepped up big in the playoffs, New Orleans’ championship defense of 2009 wasn’t spectacular, nor did it make a dent in history.
Pessimism about the defense has slowly been retreating, however. With one of the best front offices in the league, New Orleans couldn’t let the woes continue much longer. Twenty-seven of their past 43 draft picks play a defensive position.
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This includes five out of seven selections in the 2017 draft. The attention to defense started slowly, with the drafting of players such as Cameron Jordan, Kenny Vacarro and Stephone Anthony.
It is coming to full potential with Von Bell, Sheldon Rankins and Marshon Lattimore making their way onto the Saints roster.
The floor for those young guys still puts New Orleans in a respectable state. Even then, the fact that the organization has identified and continues to work on the team’s biggest weakness is a promising sign.
The ceiling for these guys and their contributions to the team aren’t even visible yet. If the combination of these young men blossom the way we all hope, a top-five defense for the Big Easy is just around the corner.
Early signs of just that will show this season, especially if all of the stars align.