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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; If they had an award for the comeback coordinator of the year in the NFL, Dennis Allen would have to be running away with it. The New Orleans Saints' defense had turned into a punchline in recent years -- and ...

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If they had an award for the comeback coordinator of the year in the NFL, Dennis Allen would have to be running away with it.

The New Orleans Saints' defense had turned into a punchline in recent years -- and it was again through the first two weeks of this season. But now it is delivering knockout blows, as the Saints (4-2) have won four straight games to emerge as one of the league's hottest teams.

But as you might have guessed, Allen isn't preparing any sort of acceptance speech.

"I know for me, specifically, I'm not looking for any type of validation," said Allen, who has been on the job since late in the 2015 season, when he took over after Rob Ryan was fired. "My focus is really all about, 'How do we play better as a defense and how do we continue to improve?' That's really all this is about.

"The thing about the NFL is the best teams are the most consistent teams. And that's really what my focus [is] and what our focus is as a team."
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With all due respect, the improvements in the defense are more of a 50/50 between the hirings of Mike Nolan, Ryan Nielsen and the relative good health of the CBs...
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With all due respect, the improvements in the defense are more of a 50/50 between the hirings of Mike Nolan, Ryan Nielsen and the relative good health of the CBs...
I actually got on the show "Late Hits" (Sirius XM) and got to talk on the air with Gil Brandt. My question to him was simply "is the Saints defense for real?"

His answer was yes. He mentioned some players but settled in on Dennis Allen AND Mike Nolan as the keys, and he went on a little extra about Nolan saying that he might just be the real difference maker.
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With all due respect, the improvements in the defense are more of a 50/50 between the hirings of Mike Nolan, Ryan Nielsen and the relative good health of the CBs...
Although I'm liking Allen's schemes right now. The question is will he get too predictable further on down the road?
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The never forget how to coach. He has the talent.
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I actually got on the show "Late Hits" (Sirius XM) and got to talk on the air with Gil Brandt. My question to him was simply "is the Saints defense for real?"

His answer was yes. He mentioned some players but settled in on Dennis Allen AND Mike Nolan as the keys, and he went on a little extra about Nolan saying that he might just be the real difference maker.
Mike Nolan has coached HOF LBers at both the collegiate and national football league levels; he's probably forgotten more than DA knows right now...

We just had to surround DA with coaches with proven pedigrees and not neptotistic re-tread NFL "Family"...
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With all due respect, the improvements in the defense are more of a 50/50 between the hirings of Mike Nolan, Ryan Nielsen and the relative good health of the CBs...
I don't think that's exactly fair to Allen. There is so truth to what you are saying, I think those things you mention are very important to where we are now... but our D wouldn't be playing like this unless we were getting good play selection and schemes from our D coordinator.
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I don't think that's exactly fair to Allen. There is so truth to what you are saying, I think those things you mention are very important to where we are now... but our D wouldn't be playing like this unless we were getting good play selection and schemes from our D coordinator.
No Truth? Differences between last year and this year - Mike Nolan, Ryan Nielsen, Healthy CB depth? How are those not truths???
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I must give DA credit, although the DL, lb & db coaches mentally prepared them, DA came up with the best game plan to play to their strengths. Whoever came with the plan to sit Harris and go with Crawley deserve most of the credit.
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