The success of the Saints season hinges in large part on how much improvement this new Rob Ryan defense can make. So far, the first line of attack, the talented defensive line is showing promise to be something special.
The renaissance of the worst defense in the league starts up front, with the 3 men responsible for the initial push against opposing offenses. When veteran left defensive end and former Cowboy Kenyon Coleman went down with a torn pectoral muscle, the questions started piling up. So far, the Saints front is definitively answering them, starting with defensive end Cam Jordan.
"I think he's in a real good spot with his stature and his weight right now. He's in great shape," head coach Sean Payton said. "I think he was one of the bright spots a year ago, and he's handled this transition really well. He's going to be on the field a lot, not only on the base. He rushes the passer well, he's physical, and he's provided good leadership. He has worked hard."