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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by gulfgambler Agreed! Don't see any changes made that will improve this D. 7-9 three seasons straight, did not occur because of offense. Could only imagine the numbers yds/tds this defense would have yielded if playing w/ offense ...

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Old 07-20-2017, 11:36 AM   #31
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Re: Whose our biggest threat in the division?

Originally Posted by gulfgambler View Post
Agreed!

Don't see any changes made that will improve this D.
7-9 three seasons straight, did not occur because of offense.
Could only imagine the numbers yds/tds this defense would have yielded
if playing w/ offense like Texans, Jets, Browns.
Are you serious?

Drafting the top CB in the entire draft. (Lattimore)
Getting back our top two CB's that were both gone by the second game of the season. (Breaux, Williams)
Adding a ball hawking safety in the 2nd round of the draft. (Williams)
Getting our #1 DT draft pick back from missing half the season with a broken leg. (Rankins)
Adding quality depth through free agency in the LB corps. (Klein, Te'o)
Adding a quality LB through the draft. (Anzalone)
Adding an edge rusher at DE. (Okafor)

And most importantly ...

Getting rid of stagnant coaching at D-Line and LB and adding two outstanding coaches for those major units (Nielsen, Nolan)

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Old 07-20-2017, 12:29 PM   #32
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I read this as no surefire changes, like draftling Myles Garrett for example.

The 2017 Saints defense is an unknown. One week before training camp, the impact of new coaching, free agents, draftees, players returning from IR, or even just being the 2nd year of the same system is unknown.

It's the promise and challenge of every season. Go back and read the pre training camp posts before the 2009 season. Or the 2013 season. The same questions and same uncertainty come up.

The one thing we can be sure of is that the defense is going to be different because some of the longstanding pieces (coaches) are no longer in place.

Let hope with that change and with a injury free training camp we get a chance to see the promise in September.

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The only surefire anything is whatever you're looking at in the rear view mirror. Compare this year to the year, say Sean was suspended, we threw our second round pick at SLB, the years we kept the same crappy LB and special teams coach, etc... This is the brightest off season and the closest thing we've had to surefire in a long, long while.
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Damn Big Will ^^^^ , that's a lot of information but ok. Tampa is the least of my worries coming out of the NFC South.
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Old 07-21-2017, 08:41 AM   #34
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Re: Whose our biggest threat in the division?

It seems like the talking heads say Tampa will be improved every year and they end up being average or below average. I think health will be our biggest threat. After that I think Atlanta will come in second with panthers third and then Bucs.
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I think health will be our biggest threat.
^^^^ This. Today's NFL is all about staying healthy and being productive when the inevitable injuries come. To find a way when the #1 can't play, that the 1A comes in and there isn't a dropoff in production.

That's why the Saints need 47 CB, 83 safties, 11111 LBs, and a rotation of defensive linemen on the roster and in training camp.

That's why Nolan needs to find a way to get Anthony up to speed. And why Craig Robertson will be on the roster. Robertson may or may not start. But we now know that when you plug the guy into the Will, Sam, or Mike, that you are going to get consistent production.

I remember at the draft when everyone had their hands up in the air over the Ramcyzk pick. How's that looking now?

The Saints 53 needs to be the 53 most productive and flexible players that can produce at a moment's notice. On the defensive side for the first time in a long time it looks like we're getting there.

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