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Analyzing the Saints’ elite defense heading into free agency

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Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen had his most impressive year as the team’s defensive coordinator last year, in my opinion.

By using more sub packages and committing fewer resources against the run, Allen was able to boost the team’s ability to defend the pass, which helped them handle explosive offenses better than they had in the past.

As long as he continues with this vision, and continues to embrace versatile roles and looks to put his players in a position to utilize their strengths, the Saints are well off at defensive coordinator.

Unfortunately, the team lost secondary coach Aaron Glenn to the Lions, as he’ll be their new defensive coordinator.

However, former Seahawks defensive coordinator and Cowboys defensive assistant Kris Richard will take over, and he is extremely qualified for the position and comes with a relatively high reputation.

It’s always nice to build a pipeline of well-regarded coaches, especially with how important it is to masking deficiencies on defense. Thus, getting Richard to replace Glenn is a sneaky significant move by the organization.