The New Orleans Saints‘ defense has to be the unit of the year as they have made a huge turnaround from last season, when they were arguably the worst defense in league history. Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has a lot to do with that. If a defensive coordinator of the year award existed, Ryan would be the unanimous choice.
Elite offenses in the NFL can score at will during the regular season. but we understand that fades during the playoffs. In the NFC, the Saints will most likely have to deal with the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks down the road. We know that both those teams are capable of holding their own against the Saints’ offense, but can the Saints’ defense do the same to the Seahawks and 49ers?
I believe they are a 50/50 defense which is able to produce a stout performance, but also a stinker which will leave Drew Brees carrying the rest of the load. The Bell cow for the Saints will always be their offense, but that doesn’t mean their defense won’t play a huge role.
We saw how the Saints’ defense frustrated Tom Brady, especially with a key interception 2:16 left in the game. However, they also gave up alate touchdown as the Saints ended up winning the game 30-27 loss against the New England Patriots. If anything, the Saints’ defense has proven to be clutch over the course of this season as they also made a key goal line stand in their Week 1 win against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Saints’ defense isn’t elite, but it is certainly above average. It took six weeks into the regular season for the Saints to finally allow 20 points. Their defense this year is certainly better than the defense which helped New Orleans go on to win their only Super Bowl in 2009.
How far the Saints go this season remains to be seen, but if they are able to go far, their defense will be half the reason why they advance deep in the playoffs.