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Saints 2012: Greer?s consistent play a bright spot on D
by Deke Bellavia,posted Mar 14 2012 1:58PM
Jabari Greer has become one of the most consistent Saints players since he came to New Orleans a few seasons ago. The once undrafted free agent from Tennessee has become the most consistent player on the Black and Gold defense as he enters his fourth season in New Orleans.
Greer started in all eighteen games last year with the Saints as he recorded a career-high 91 tackles during the season. He showed up big when the Saints really needed him, and more times than not this past season, Jabari got the best of the receivers that he faced.
In the Saints’ second home game of the season, Jabari made a huge play that would help the Saints come from behind and defeat the AFC South Champion Houston Texans. Against Houston Greer made three solo stops, broke up a pass, and had a key interception halted a Texans Drive late in the game.
Greer defended twenty-eight passes last season and he picked off three balls as well last year with the Saints. However, his best play during the regular season came against the hated Falcons in which Jabari had some impact plays. Jabari recorded double-digit tackles in each of the two meetings with Atlanta. Back in November in Atlanta, Greer had ten stops and he defended three passes in the Saints’ big overtime win over the Dirty Birds.
Then a month later, Greer came up big once again against the Falcons as he recorded ten tackles in the Saints blowout win over Atlanta in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But without question Greer’s best game came in the post season. In the Wild Card round of the NFC Playoffs, Greer and the Saints defense had the tough task of facing one of the league’s best passing attacks in the Detroit Lions. Quarterback Matt Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson would get their numbers, but so did Jabari.
Greer came up big when the Saints needed to put the Lions away. Jabari picked off two passes against the Lions and he set post-season career highs with four passes defended in the Saints win over Detroit as well.
“I think he is our best cover guy in the secondary and we need him to keep making plays for the defense,” said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert. The 2012 season is a very important one for Greer as he is in the final year of his four-year deal that he signed with the Saints back in 2009.
As we continue to hold our breath and see who the Saints will be able to retain this off-season, the nerves of Saints Fans may well be tested next off-season as Greer is scheduled to become a free agent.
With another solid season like he had in 2011, Greer will become even more valuable to the Saints. Now, he gets a chance to work with new Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.