Cam Jordan refuses to let the New Orleans Saints' dreadful defensive statistical rankings get him down.
He sees no evidence that his defensive teammates are discouraged, either.
''That hasn't happened yet,'' said Jordan, a second-year defensive end. ''It definitely has not happened. If anything, everyone's re-energized and the effort is on bettering themselves as players and bettering the unit. Luckily we've got a whole bunch of veterans on the squad who aren't nervous, who aren't antsy, if you will. I'm definitely not and I'm not even a veteran.''
Having played only three games under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, it is likely too early to judge how New Orleans' adjustment to their new scheme will pan out long-term.
They are not off to a good start, though, allowing an NFL-worst 477 yards per game. They are tied for 30th out of 32 teams in points allowed at 34 per game. The rushing statistics are perhaps the most troubling, although some would argue they are a bit s...