Deke: Byrd addresses media for first time as a Saint
by Deke Bellavia,posted Mar 12 2014 4:14PM
The former Buffalo Bills star quickly wasted no time inking with a new team. Reports surfaced yesterday evening before 5:00pm that Byrd would visit the Saints, and just a shade after 8:00pm, a deal was done to give Jairus Byrd a new six-year contract with the Black and Gold.
Talking with myself, Kristian Garic and the rest of the media, Byrd was asked why he selected the Saints as his new team. “It’s the winning coaches. What Coach Payton has done, and what Drew Brees have done here, any time you have that explosive offense. It always helps when you are a guy on defense and a team is able to get leads on people, (and) jump out to early leads... that bodes well for a guy like me who wants to get turnovers and create turnovers because it makes another team one-dimensional. That is a really big factor and what allowed me to weigh all of my options and think about the best situation for myself.”
Jairus Byrd was a member of a Bills defense that also made a huge turnaround last season. In 2012, Buffalo had one of the worst defensive units in the NFL. But last season, the Bills climbed all the way from #22 to the #13 spot in total defense.
Now Byrd comes to a Saints defense that made one of the biggest turnarounds in league history going from #32 to #4 in just one year. Byrd said he’s in tune with Coach Rob Ryan’s aggressive style. “Just from the defensive side, I see it is really aggressive. They do a lot of different things. I don’t want to say too much because I haven’t really had a chance to get in detail with Coach Ryan and everybody about the ins and outs of the defense. I don’t really know. I just had conversations. That’s really all I can really say is just from watching it that it seems aggressive and attacking.”
Byrd said his health is very good and he’s all in when it comes to the Who Dat Nation. “That was big. Playing here last year, I saw how the atmosphere was. It was electric. They were really behind their team. The Dome was rocking when I was here, and they feed off that."
Byrd brings a ball-hawking mentality to the Saints defense that needed some help in that department. If there is one area the Saints could get better at it, it's taking the ball away.
“Yes, that’s what I pride myself on being able to do... to create turnovers, whether it’s interceptions, forced fumbles, whatever it might be. That’s something I’m looking forward to coming in here and doing, just doing what I normally do, and that’s what I do.”