Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/14/12
It’s been a rough year in New Orleans. Just short of canceling Mardi Gras, the Saints are the big show in the Big Easy, but since the bounty scandal, its been tough sledding. The loss of head coach Sean Payton for the year and losing Vitt for 8 games, seemed to really throw off a team usually in sync on offense and timely on defense. However, the offense seemed to have gained their equilibrium, but the defense is ranked 31st against the run and 31st defending the pass. The 4-5 Saints are clawing their way back and the defense has had some timely stops, and after a 0-4 start, the Saints are marching, winning 4 of their last five games. Vitt spoke to WWL in New Orleans with Bobby and Deke about how the defense has tightened up to help the offense win some critical games as of late. “I think it shows the toughness, the resiliency and the togetherness of this defense. We’ve taken a lot of criticism this year for our lack of tackling and giving up some big plays, giving up some run yards but not one player on this defense has ever backed away from that criticism, not one player on this defense has ever pointed a finger at a coach or a player and these coaches have stuck by these players 110 percent. I think when you have games like you had Sunday and you have plays like you had yesterday that kind of loyalty shows up. These guys are tough minded people, they have a lot of respect for one another, they work hard in practice to improve and get better and we couldn’t be more proud of our defense or more happy than we were for them Sunday.”
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