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    Injuries aside, the defense has got to send a message to the Aint’s and the rest of the league that they are not a bunch of pushovers waiting to get steamrolled. Having Atlanta pile up yardage was bad enough, but to allow Emmitt Smith 79 yards and a 5.4 average per carry was embarrassing (N.E. held him to 31 yards and a 2.4 average).

    The stigma of being soft motivates the opposition and is difficult to shake. A statement game by the defense at home against N.O. is critical IMO. Anger, aggression, big time sticks and most importantly wrapping up ball carriers better be the order of the day.

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    Re: Defense Needs To Make A Statement Against The Saints

    I agree Mike. The defense needs to have a statement game. I think last weeks performance was somewhat misleading. There were some key opportunities that were missed. A few of those go the other way and I think it would have been a closer game.

    The defense needs to do better against the run, but I'm not sure there is a stigma of being soft. The defensive tackles need to start filling their gaps, while the LBs need to shed their blocks and get to the ball. Tackling is always an important key.

    Bring on the swarm!!

    Curly ~ Horns


    • #3
      Re: Defense Needs To Make A Statement Against The Saints

      The defense needs to do better against the run, but I'm not sure there is a stigma of being soft.
      Your absolutely right Ferter, the stigma isn't there yet, but allowing an anemic N.O. running game to have any kind of success might fuel the fire. A strong effort tomorrow would go a long way to giving us some much needed confidence and something positive to build on. Bring on the swarm indeed!


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        Re: Defense Needs To Make A Statement Against The Saints

        i'd just settle for d to get a few 3 and outs and forcing the saints to settle for fgs...


        • #5
          Re: Defense Needs To Make A Statement Against The Saints

          Great points thus far, guys! I think the key for this defense is to come out strong, excited, and ready to play. Hit the Saints in the mouth and end the turnover drought at home. I don't believe Aaron Brooks is an elite QB, and I think we can force him into making some mistakes.


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