Saints Defensive Secondary: Is the Problem Personnel or Scheme-Related, or Both?

October 31, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

New Orleans, we have a problem. It's called the Saints defense. 
The unit ranks last in nearly every statistical category known to man. 
And despite Steve Spagnuolo's assertion that "Stats don't measure heart," a fact is a fact: The Saints' defense stinks, both statistically and with the good ol' eye test.
Statistically there are a few interesting pieces of information that are available to help make this point more clear. 
According to Football Outsiders, the Saints are last in the league in passing efficiency to the opposing team's No. 1 wide receiver. Interestingly enough, the team improves dramatically with the opposing No. 2 receiver coming in 22nd and 21st in other wide receiver (No. 3 or below). 
Let's take a look at the pass efficiency numbers from this past week's game against Denver. 
Player Comp Vs Attempts Percentage Yards Yd/Att TDs Greer 2 4 50 38 12.5 1 Robinson 5 7 71.4 79 11.3 1 White 2 2 100 21 10.5 0 Harp...

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