Although he's taking plenty of heat for New Orleans fielding the NFL's 32nd-ranked defense, new Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo deserves credit for one significant accomplishment.
The change to Spagnuolo's scheme has not only helped Cameron Jordan lead all NFL defensive linemen in tackles with 20 through the first three games. It also kept Jordan from heading down a road that wouldn't have allowed the 2011 first-round draft pick to fulfill his vast potential.
As he prepared for Sunday's game between the Saints and host Green Bay Packers (4:25 p.m. ET on FOX), Jordan admitted to FOXSports.com that his rookie season left much to be desired professionally and personally.
The No. 24 overall pick in 2011, Jordan started 15 games under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Jordan, though, felt pigeonholed in what was almost exclusively a run-stuffing role after being an every-down college player at Cal.
Benched in passing situations when Williams shifted to a three...