The Saints recent signing of Rams defensive tackle Nick Farley will help bring an edge to a Saints defense that has been missing for almost five years. The former first round selection out of the University of Auburn top priority is to get after his former teammate in college; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Aside from Cam Newton, there were a plethora of quarterbacks that lit up the scoreboard against the Saints defense.
To minimize the number of big plays that an opposing quarterback can make against the Saints D, they need to have viable options at the defensive tackle position. Farley along with the primary members of the Saints defense can help bring back the swagger that awarded the franchise, its first Super Bowl Title in team history. However, it all begins and ends with the defensive coordinator.
Saints head coach Sean Payton changes out defensive coordinators like he changes underwear after a shower. Former coordinator Rob Ryan is an exception to that statement. Under Ryan’s tenure, the Saints fielded two of the worst defenses in NFL history. Now it is time for new defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to take a stab at building a successful defense in New Orleans.
It can be a plethora of reasons why last year’s free agent acquisitions did not work out for the Black and Gold, but now it will rise and fall on the shoulders of Allen and the rest of Saints defensive staff. Farley along with former Rams teammate, James Lauranitus will be Allen’s biggest acquisitions of his regime in New Orleans so far. As of right now, the Saints defense looks good on paper, but that’s about it.
It will depend on what type of scheme, Allen decides to install and how much the players on defense from last year’s draft have progressed during their first year of professional football. It is clearly evident that this team needs an edge on the defensive side of the ball. Nothing against Cameron Jordan, but he is not the type of player that comes across as having a nasty side to his demeanor.
He makes great plays on defense, but he needs someone that can come in take off some of the pressure that he has been carrying this unit. The Saints better make the most out of the time that Nick Farley is in a Black and Gold uniform because he may only be in New Orleans for one season.
According to BleacherReport.Com Farley’s contract is only for one year and is worth $3 million dollars. Farley could take home, even more, cash for incentives such as sacks and playing time. Depending on the outcome of the Saints defense in 2016, Farley could be playing for the Saints a lot longer.
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