METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- The all-out blitzing the Saints unleashed
during recent seasons appears to be a thing of the past under new
defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
New Orleans' defense looks and even sounds different under
Spagnuolo, who is a little more understated than his brazen
predecessor, Gregg Williams, though not necessarily less
Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins says the new defense "isn't
a sit-back defense." He says there's still pressure coming from
various spots, even if there aren't the seven-man pass rushes the
Saints often brought the past three seasons under former defensive
coordinator Gregg Williams.
Spagnuolo says the Saints will play more zone to limit big
plays, but he also says he won't throw away what worked well in the
past and will adapt his schemes to his players' strengths.