A year ago, Bountygate and a 0-4 start turned the New Orleans Saints into sad sacks.
This season, the Saints are 4-0 thanks in a large part to sacks of a different kind.
The most notable difference has been a stifling defense. It all starts with defensive end Cameron Jordan, who abuses opposing team's offensive tackles and guards and has quietly become a centerpiece to the unit.
"I still think we can improve in pressures and sacks," Jordan told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview. "I think we had four [against the Dolphins] but I think there were a couple that got away. We're leaving sacks on the field and that cannot happen."
The Saints' defense set an NFL record for the most yards allowed in a season in 2012.
You can credit pass-happy and no-huddle offenses for the porous play but sometimes a complicated scheme can bog down players.
When Sean Payton returned from a one-year suspension because of his alleged involvement in a bounty scandal, ...