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Saints' defense different from a cultural standpoint, says Michael Jenkins

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12:24 PM ET 06.22 | In 2012, no team was more of a sieve defensively than the New Orleans Saints, who finished dead last in rushing yards allowed and 31st in passing yards surrendered. However, cornerback Malcolm Jenkins says this time things will be different with head coach Sean Payton back on the sideline following his one-year suspension for his involvement in the bounty scandal, according to nola.com. "They look different from a cultural standpoint. Last year, our defense was missing the teeth that it usually has. We were known as a defense that flew around, got to the ball, forced turnovers and hit people, but we kind of got away from those basics. So those have been just the key points." Perhaps even more important for the defense is the hiring of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who became available after he was fired by the Dallas Cowboys following last season. He replaces Steve Spagnuolo, who only lasted one season in the Bayou.

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June 22, 2013  12:29 PM ET

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I can see how the interns could get confused.

June 22, 2013  12:31 PM ET

Payton makes no difference to the defense. It is the guys he brought in that were awful last year. He has had bad defenses before. Ryan can make a difference. But the competition is better than it was before. both Atlanta and Tampa Bay. The Saints have to get better just because it would be hard to get worse on defense.

 
June 22, 2013  04:53 PM ET
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Payton makes no difference to the defense. It is the guys he brought in that were awful last year. He has had bad defenses before. Ryan can make a difference. But the competition is better than it was before. both Atlanta and Tampa Bay. The Saints have to get better just because it would be hard to get worse on defense.

They could be mediocre if they would only BELIEVE.

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