New Orleans Saints: 3 quick fixes that could enhance the lacking defense

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 08: Matt Breida #22 of the San Francisco 49ers avoids a tackle by Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome on December 08, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 08: Matt Breida #22 of the San Francisco 49ers avoids a tackle by Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome on December 08, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Playmaking Changes

We are not too far removed from the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when all we could do was praise the secondary for intercepting Winston four times, one for a touchdown. And now, here we are wondering what we could possibly do bring that kind of play against the Buccaneers to the 49ers.

The Saints’ defense went nuclear bad.

The front seven are going to get pressure on the quarterback. It’s what they do. Now, when you have a good offensive line like the 49ers did, it makes it harder to sack the quarterback, but the level at which they rushed and put pressure on Garoppolo did not change.

They still hit Jimmy G six times and knocked down four of his passes.

They also sacked him three times. That is a quality game out of the front seven. If they do their job, the secondary is then going to be put into the position for the quarterback to make errant throws leading to interceptions, pass defends, and more. We saw this in the Buccaneers game.

The difference in the game against the 49ers was that the Saints’ secondary was nowhere to be found leaving a pressured Garoppolo to find open targets and for big gains. The secondary is going to have to find a way to make big plays for the Saints to beat big teams.

With the playoffs right around the corner, we are going to need our cornerbacks and safeties to step up their game.

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