Despite the impressive offseason the New Orleans Saints had on the offensive side of the ball, the defense is where the team will win games.
And veteran defensive end, Cameron Jordan, believes that New Orleans’ already dangerous defense can get even better.
“I love our defense,” Jordan said on Monday. “I know that we want to be the strength of this team regardless of how high octane of an offense we have. We still have things we want to accomplish on our defense.
“We want to create more turnovers, and we want to be known as the number one run-stopping defense. And we want to lead the league in interceptions, sacks, etc. We have such a high ceiling, and yet, we still have even higher goals that we want to accomplish.”
Why New Orleans can trust its defense
Dominating on defense starts with the heart of the Saints’ point of attack — the defensive line and front seven.
New Orleans’ defensive line comes into the season ranked eighth in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.
That rating is carried by Jordan’s year-in-and-year-out production as an edge defender. He defends both the pass and the run very well while also missing very little time on the field. In the last five years, Jordan ranks first in snaps played (4,862) and fourth in PFF grade (92.0).
He’s joined on the defensive line by David Onyemata and Marcus Davenport, who has produced at a high level when healthy.
In the secondary, Marshon Lattimore, Paulson Adebo and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson are a fearsome and versatile trio that can put off opposing offenses.
The wildcard is Tyrann Mathieu, who is still ramping up his production in training camp. As a three-time All-pro safety, his contributions will sure up the one area in the secondary that needed desperate help.
After a standout season in 2021, New Orleans’ defense is looking for more in 2022. And that should be very terrifying for the other 31 offenses in the NFL.
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