The Saints' defense is shouldering a lot of expectations: when training camp opens later this week, all eyes will be on Rob Ryan's fledgling Black and Gold version of the 3-4 scheme.
"When you start from the gutter, the only thing you can do is come up. They were in the gutter last year! They were pretty horrendous. They have nowhere to go but up," says former Saint, turned NFL Network analyst Darren Sharper.
The former safety put in 14 years in the NFL and now predicts Ryan's aggressive, attacking style will fit better in New Orleans than that of former Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo - on both sides of the ball.
"I think the switch-over to Rob Ryan will bring back some of the familiarity they had when they were winning with Gregg Williams. The players they the Saints have on the team are more accustomed to playing that style. Last year - Coach Spagnuolo - I have a lot of respect for him as a coordinator, but the scheme was not the right fit. Rob Ryan brings in that confid...