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Old 09-30-2013, 08:58 AM   #1
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The New Orleans Saints solved their historic problems at quarterback when Drew Brees arrived in 2006. Once a revolving door of futility, quarterback has become a position of strength with the perennial Pro Bowl player under center.

And now, for the first time in a long time, the Saints finally might be solving a similar existential crisis along the defensive line.

There's no Brees along the Saints' front four. No one is ready to crown the Saints' line after only three contests, however impressive they might be.

But Cam Jordan, John Jenkins, Akiem Hicks and Junior Galette have formed the most promising defensive line the Saints have had in more than a decade. And when considering that the 25-year-old Galette is the most experienced of the group, it's downright scary what the unit could become in time.

Collectively, they are stopping the run and pressuring the passer as well as any defensive line in the NFL.

"They have been really effective so far early this year," former Saints defensive tackle La'Roi Glover said. "We're really starting to see Cam Jordan develop into a force in this league. He's making big plays. And I don't know where Junior Galette came from, but he's been impressive, too, as has the big kid from Canada (Hicks)."

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Old 09-30-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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Jordan, meanwhile, is the top-ranked defensive end in pass rush production, ahead of more heralded peers like Houston's J.J. Watt and San Francisco's Justin Smith. In fact, Jordan's early numbers are well ahead of what Watt recorded during his All-Pro season a year ago.


Pro Football Focus ranked the Saints' overall defense sixth. And while New Orleans has only sacked opposing quarterbacks eight times, the Saints have hit them 11 times and hurried them another 39 times.
La'Roi Glover was a great player. Nice to hear from him. I expected him to know more about his former team, though.

Not a bad article. Bad ending.
The Saints' D-line doesn't have have a catchy nickname just yet, but it is quickly making a name for itself around the NFL.
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Catchy nick names don't matter catching the QB does.
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