Kristian: Defense getting there for New Orleans
Kristian@wwl.com - 5.31.12
Different Defense: While watching OTA's this week...There is no doubt the defense is different with a new scheme and some new players, but you can see the aggressiveness is still here. The Saints defense showed a variety of blitz packages today during the team's organized team activities. In the process, the defense frustrated Saints quarterbacks on several plays, causing errant throws and would-be sacks.
Play of the day: Despite the defensive dominance, quarterback Chase Daniel found Courtney Roby for a 65 yard catch and run after Roby slipped behind the coverage of Jabari Greer. Daniel put the football right on the money allowing Roby to catch it in stride. Daniel was not as impressive in this OTA as the one we got to watch last week.
Sproles' roles, Sproles rolls: Forget about Darren Sproles being a year older, he looks a spry as ever. He's got that same burst and elusiveness that made him the biggest weapon in this Saints arsenal last season. Sproles is a nightmare for linebackers and safeties to cover. Anytime he's matched up with a backer, you can pretty much rest assured that's where the ball is going.
Concentration: In an effort to increase more interceptions and concentrate on the football, the Saints defensive coaches have come up with an intriguing training method. The defensive backs were catching tennis balls in their drills today instead of footballs. Also, when the football was implemented in drills, the nose of the ball at both ends was painted white in order for the players to concentrate and look the ball all the way into their hands.