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New Orleans Saints' run defense to get a stern test versus Tennessee Titans ground game

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The Saints' run defense has improved greatly the past four weeks. But that's nothing compared to the way Tennessee Titans tailback Chris Johnson has improved. Johnson, who has arguably been the NFL's most dangerous runner for his four years in ...

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Old 12-10-2011, 08:17 AM   #1
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The Saints' run defense has improved greatly the past four weeks. But that's nothing compared to the way Tennessee Titans tailback Chris Johnson has improved.

Johnson, who has arguably been the NFL's most dangerous runner for his four years in the league, has found his groove again after a slow start that followed a summer contract holdout.

"He's fire-hot right now," Saints linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar said of Johnson, who has run for 130, 190 and 153 yards in three of his past four games.

"He picks a nice month to start finding his stride," Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams cracked. "Not only just him, but the guys around him. And you've got to be so sound, because he's one of those few backs that can take it the distance on you. You make a mistake ... we can have two guys at the point of attack on block, and he shimmies and shakes on them and breaks their ankles off on a move, it doesn't make any difference how many. So we're going to have to swarm on him, we're going to have to do a good job on that. And then you pick your poison when you're putting more people to stop him and less people to play the pass.

"But he's very talented. He didn't get all that money (a four-year, $53.5 million deal) unless he's very talented."

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Old 12-10-2011, 08:58 AM   #2
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If we tackle him and not play touch football I think we will be fine. No roll spin, no going at the legs just wrap up like they have taught since pop warren. Nothing gets me more pi$$ed than losing because of poor tackling and in this game it will come down to that.
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These younger guys are better tacklers and it's showing with more playing time.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:23 AM   #4
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CJ cuts back and will gain 6 to 10 yards each time. Tackling? What is that? I do not know about you guys, I am sick of all the cut the legs from under the runner style the saints use.
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If we tackle and stop trying to force the fumble every play we will be ok
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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These younger guys are better tacklers and it's showing with more playing time.
I agree. We have been missing fewer tackles. Still taking some bad angles & not getting to the lay BUT less missed tackles.
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