New Orleans' Offseason Focus on Defense Intensifies Competition

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Safety Roman Harper wasn't surprised the New Orleans Saints' front office spent the offseason focused primarily on bringing in experienced defensive players.

He says it was expected after the defense couldn't keep up with an offense that finished Number one in the league.

New Orleans was eleventh in the NFL in total defense last season.

The Saints were third best in the league in defending the pass, allowing about 178 yards per game in the air.

They were 23rd against the run, allowing an average of 128 yards.

The Saints defense also produced only 19 turnovers, which was second-to-last in the league.

The Saints brought in safety Kevin Kaesviharn and cornerback Jason David to help in the secondary and linebackers Brian Simmons and Dhani Jones to bolster the linebacking corps.

And on the defensive line, the Saints added former Ole Miss player Kendrick Clancy, who started much of last season at Arizona.

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