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Old 10-06-2009, 11:21 PM   #1
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Schein 9: More than Brees, Saints build winning D

A horrible day for the refs in New England.
The Saints, Giants, Colts, Broncos and Vikings remain perfect.
While the Titans still can't win and the Redskins still can't win right.

We analyze another wild week in the NFL with our weekly SCHEINERS while going big picture.

1. Foaming at the mouth

I received the e-mails. I got your Twitter messages. Our readers questioned my sanity after I penned a piece on the Saints defense being legit in August here on FOXSports.com. You thought I was nuts.

Two words for you, cowboy: Gregg Williams.

When Sean Payton fired his defensive coordinator, he was in search of, well, himself on defense. He wanted someone who would match his intensity and aggressiveness in play selection. Payton found his match in Williams, who lives for putting pressure on the quarterback.


Under Williams, the Saints defense has built an identity. It comes after you with constant pressure. It creates turnovers. The New Orleans Saints stop the run. A Gregg Williams defense makes plays in big spots.

Sunday's win against the previously undefeated Jets was a great example of all of the above.

Veteran safety Darren Sharper, one of general manager Mickey Loomis' brilliant offseason moves, picked off Mark Sanchez at the 1 and took it 99 yards for a touchdown when it was 3-0 New Orleans. The Jets were marching down the field. That play brought the frenzied Super Dome crowd to another pitch. It's that kind of veteran leadership and savvy play that attracted Loomis, Payton and Williams to Sharper.

Another newcomer, Jabari Greer, had a huge pass breakup on a key third-and-one. Second-year corner Tracy Porter played well. The common theme is a Loomis signing off the scrap heap and the Saints' second-round pick a year ago maximized by Williams.

Glory days are here. The gory days of Jason David getting beat like a drum are over.

Pressure up front goes hand in hand with the secondary getting picks and making plays.

Charles Grant and Will Smith are living up to their paystubs this season after slumping under the old regime last year. These guys should be an elite end combination. Smith changed the game Sunday, sacking Sanchez in the end zone after bursting through the offensive line. Smith knocked the ball loose, and it was recovered by Remi Ayodele for a touchdown. Grant led the team effort of overpowering the Jets' talented and cohesive offensive line; he was seemingly in the Jets backfield all day. Linebacker Jon Vilma is having a Pro Bowl season, and his leadership is making a difference. Scott Fujita played great against New York.

And this is why you must take the Saints seriously and why I told you the Saints were a Super Bowl contender the minute they hired Williams, who might turn out to be the single biggest pickup of any team last offseason.

Drew Brees didn't throw a touchdown pass against the Jets. His numbers were ordinary. The Jets defense played great. Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, Jeremy Shockey and Lance Moore were total non-factors. And yet the Saints won by double digits.

It's amazing what happens when you have a defense, and the right man to lead them.

Start buying in. And if you don't believe me, ask Gregg Williams.

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Gotta love this quote here:

"Glory days are here. The gory days of Jason David getting beat like a drum are over."
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Love it!!! GW!!! G-Dub
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