Originally posted on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 3/30/13
  This week, I'm going to be talking about the pass rush for the Saints. The central question I want to bring up is, "Can Rob Ryan fix the Saints' pass rush?".  Every game starts in the trenches, and if one team completely dominates the trenches, that team most likely will win. The trenches of the Saints were horrible in 2012, only racking up 30 total sacks over the course of the entire season. What that tells me is that the Saints either have below-average talent on their defensive line or they have good talent, but they're just playing at a below-average level. When you look at guys like J.J. Watt and Jared Allen racking up 20+ sacks in a season BY THEMSELVES,  it really is shocking to realize how much of a non-factor the line was over the course of the season pressure wise. Of course, after the trenches, it gets to the secondary, and if the defensive line can get great pressure on the opposing team, then it will start forcing turnovers in turn making the entire defense look good.
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