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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Play-calling Changes

This is both an offensive and defensive change that needs to take place.

They were both pitiful in terms of success against the 49ers late in the game last Sunday — eventually giving the victory to the 49ers. If we are going to win the Super Bowl, this change is a must on both sides of the New Orleans Saints football.

Offensive

Sean Payton calls the same four or five offensive sets almost every time down the field and the read of game script for the Saints’ is textbook.

Find Michael Thomas and if you can’t find him, immediately dump it down to Alvin Kamara and hope to find some light at the end of the tunnel. Against the 49ers, Payton did an excellent job of utilizing Jared Cook, until he went out of the game with a concussion on an illegal hit.

Defensive

The Saints need to get Trey Hendricksmen and Marcus Davenport to the quarterback as fast as Cameron Jordan gets there by himself. The rush design works well with the talent that we have, but it could be better.

They saw success in a safety/cornerback surprise blitz more often than not, but it wasn’t run that frequently. I think if you dropped more in coverage and zone play, the defense would have more of a chance to win.

Next. 2 studs, 1 dud in loss to 49ers. dark

If some of these adjustments are made to the defense, they beat the Niners, easily. If they want a chance to become Super Bowl champions again, the New Orleans Saints’ secondary is going to need to step up their play and play at the level they want to be at.

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