Are the New Orleans Saints’ Recent Moves Great?


Published: March 19, 2009


... of free agency. The Saints have been very vocal about needing to upgrade their depleted secondary.

It would be hard to find fault with this way of thinking after 2008.

But I will take a shot at it.

It's no secret that Sean Payton is a finesse coach. He differs from coaches (who are usually very successful) who use the ground game to set up the pass. It also seems he may lack the patience to grind it out.

Problem is, this seems to bleed over onto the Defensive side of the Saints' organization.

Saint fans have been clamoring for the signing of Darren Sharper lately. While I'm sure he can help the weak secondary, I'm not sure this is the most glaring need on Defense. The last few years have seen the Defensive line rack up less sacks every year.

In 2006, they had a respectable 38 sacks. Not great but decent. 2007 it was 32. Finally, last year, it fell to a putrid 28 sacks. Not exactly striking the fear of God into QB's around the league.
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