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Old 03-23-2016, 07:04 PM   #1
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There has been much debate and a handful of theories thrown out over the last few weeks about how the defense would look with the addition of several new faces.

On Wednesday morning, coach Sean Payton provided some clues about how things might come together.

While things could change with the addition of new players acquired either free agency or the draft, or someone climbing the depth chart during training camp, the current vision is to have James Laurinaitis play middle linebacker.



That would mean Stephone Anthony would move to strongside linebacker, and Dannell Ellerbe will remain at weakside linebacker.

Payton said the team wanted a veteran player at middle linebacker to direct the defense.

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I want to see Davis Tull compete also. Camp might get interesting. Still got to get a push in the middle upfront.
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Did we sign Nick Fairley yet?

Seriously though I like the moves we've made this off season. On NFL paper we now have 4 capable NFL starters (James L, Stephone, Ellerbe & Robertson). If these guys can stay healthy, we are in a position to do good things on D. Again, all we need to be statistically is middle of the road defense and this team is easily 11-5. Anything better is gravy.

Training camp should be good.
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I think we all know he doesn't really have an F'ing clue about defense.

Obviously a genius on offense, but still kinda floundering on defense.
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Did we sign Nick Fairley yet?
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If that's the case and we need like three more DTs at minimum.
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I was thinking this may be a poll, then I could select worse than ever! Lol

Honestly don't think our D could get any worse, allowed the most passing TD's in NFL history!
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Rob is gone so things can only get better
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Hopefully Laurinaitis still has some left in the gas tank. Seems like Payton is banking on him manning the middle.
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Hopefully Laurinaitis still has some left in the gas tank. Seems like Payton is banking on him manning the middle.
Too many times last year, and before, the defense looked confused. Lots of miscommunication.

Looks like at least we'll have a smarter unit on the field. Replacing Ryan with Allen probably helps too.

Laurinaitus is only 29 years old so he should have plenty of gas left in the tank. Its just that he was never a really fast player to start with.

I'm hoping his 2015 slump was related to the elbow injury he played with all season.
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