How New Orleans Saints Are Building One of the NFL’s Most Potent Defenses

May 31, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If you need proof that defense wins championships, look no further than Super Bowl XLVIII (48) almost four months ago when the Seattle Seahawks dismantled the Denver Broncos, and one of this generation's top quarterbacks in Peyton Manning.
If you want a demonstration of a nearly-complete defensive overhaul, and a look into a unit that’s on its way to joining the Seahawks as an elite defense, look at what defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has done with the New Orleans Saints.
It’s not necessary to dig too deep into the annals of history to find a bad Saints defense. Just two seasons ago, in 2012, New Orleans finished the year with one of the most historically miserable defenses ever to step onto a professional field.
The Saints gave up a league-worst 7,042 total yards of offense. Not only was it a league low, New Orleans breezed past the 1981 Baltimore Colts (who allowed 6,793 yards of offense) to become the most porous defense ever. The Saints ranked 31st i...

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