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Reasons For Optimism This Season

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tyler735    29

The regular season hasn't started yet and our Super Bowl hopes are still alive. Might as well make a thread dedicated for reasons to have hope that this is the season things turn around. What are some key moves/players/reasons you feel this will be an improved Saints team over the past several seasons?

I'm going to start with the defensive unit looking much improved. Between being healthier and adding much needed talent I think the defense is going to be a pleasant surprise this season.

Just for fun I ran some numbers regarding defensive preseason performances since Sean Payton took over as coach for us. Here is how the defenses have done in past years in preseason:

2016- 25 Points per game allowed

2015- 30.25 Points per game allowed

2014- 21.75 Points per game allowed

2013- 20 Points per game allowed 

2012- 16.2 Points per game allowed 

2011- 20.5 Points per game allowed 

2010- 23.75 Points per game allowed 

2009- 9.5 Points per game allowed 

2008- 13.75 Points per game allowed 

2007- 14.75 Points per game allowed 

2006- 20.75 Points per game allowed 

And finally in 2017 our defense averaged a very impressive 10.25 Points per game allowed.

This is our lowest amount since 2009 which happened to be a decent season for us if my memory is correct. While I know it is just preseason, it has been obvious that our level of defensive play has vastly improved over recent years. People are swarming to ball carriers, making tackles in the open field, we've gotten consistent pressure on the QB, and our coverage even seems to be better making plays on the ball. I truly believe that even an average defense that can generate some turnovers will be enough for this team to make a run in the playoffs with the amount of fire power we have on offense. I hope this preseason is a sign of things to come for this defense.

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16 minutes ago, tyler735 said:

This is our lowest amount since 2009 which happened to be a decent season for us if my memory is correct.

Don't get too hyped buddy. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure we were just *okay* in the 2009 season. ^_^

 

No, but really. That's an impressive stat, I didn't realize our defense did so well in that preseason. I feel pretty good about our chances of going to the playoffs this year.

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Mid Iowa    63

We all know preseason isn't anything to hang our hat on, right? I'm here to tell ya, it's an attitude, not just a few weeks of discovery. .....and I'm hangin' my hat on it!

Some will argue with me (happens a lot) but this preseason thing is a proving ground for the young guys (and some of the vets) and a spot to knock the rust off.

Stats don't lie, and look at the stats. This post is Brilliant!!!!!! Nice job!!!!!!

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SSK    35

What Ive seen that has me excited is the miniscule amount of miscommunications and missed assignments we've seen over the last few seasons. Solid tackling was another thing that they displayed this preseason. 

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Mid Iowa    63
10 hours ago, SSK said:

What Ive seen that has me excited is the miniscule amount of miscommunications and missed assignments we've seen over the last few seasons. Solid tackling was another thing that they displayed this preseason. 

I can't help but to think of a few things - they are additions.

Marshawn Lattimore comes from a school where success is rampant, and in order to play at a high level there, you have to know what you're doing, and know team work. That means communication.

AJ Klein comes from an NFL team that basically has had the best, or at least top 5 defense for some time. And keep in mind, the only thing that kept him from starting as head LB there is a guy named Luke Kuechly, who happens to be pretty good. When you learn from the best, and spend 4-5 years with the best, you're going to be pretty darn good. Klein is smart, and durable.

Muhammad is as hungry as they come, and is freaking people out. Now, he's always been playing against the #2-3 offense, but once he acclimates to #1 speed, this kid is going to surprise. He also seems smart, but I'm speculating there.

Bottom line, when you have good communication, and football smart players, you're going to be in the right places at the right times. On the other hand, you can run a 4.4 40, but if you're on the opposite side of the field, and you can't tell other players what's going on, it doesn't matter how fast you are, you're going to lose. I think that's what we're seeing with Anthony.

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SSK    35
5 minutes ago, Mid Iowa said:

I can't help but to think of a few things - they are additions.

Marshawn Lattimore comes from a school where success is rampant, and in order to play at a high level there, you have to know what you're doing, and know team work. That means communication.

AJ Klein comes from an NFL team that basically has had the best, or at least top 5 defense for some time. And keep in mind, the only thing that kept him from starting as head LB there is a guy named Luke Kuechly, who happens to be pretty good. When you learn from the best, and spend 4-5 years with the best, you're going to be pretty darn good. Klein is smart, and durable.

Muhammad is as hungry as they come, and is freaking people out. Now, he's always been playing against the #2-3 offense, but once he acclimates to #1 speed, this kid is going to surprise. He also seems smart, but I'm speculating there.

Bottom line, when you have good communication, and football smart players, you're going to be in the right places at the right times. On the other hand, you can run a 4.4 40, but if you're on the opposite side of the field, and you can't tell other players what's going on, it doesn't matter how fast you are, you're going to lose. I think that's what we're seeing with Anthony.

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I agree with you about "football smarts". Makes a huge difference.

I also like how they added LBs that are intellectual outside of football. 

"Anzalone is already a college graduate. He recently got his sport management degree and is now in graduate school for business management.

Growing up in the Philadelphia suburb of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Anzalone graduated from high school with a 4.8 grade-point average."

"AJ Klein was an  ISU Scholar Athlete"

I think Anzalone may be the draft pick that has the biggest impact. 

 

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