Saints SS Roman Harper Wants Defense To Retain Their Intensity In New Scheme

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  1. SRW

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    New Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo appears to be the ideal leader to build off all the successful aspects that former coordinator Gregg Williams brought to the Saints defense, while breathing a new life into the unit at the same time according to Mike Tripplet of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. But then even before the bounty scandal erupted this offseason, Williams' blitz-heavy scheme had grown stagnant as offenses learned to adjust. That Saints defense, which ranked second in the NFL in takeaways in 2009, ranked second-to-last in 2011. The time was right for another scheme change and culture change. And now the Saints can have the best of both worlds -- the veteran players who gained that confidence under Williams, plus a new fire being lit underneath them from Spagnuolo. "I think we've still got that same fire burning up under us. You know, Gregg lit a fire that a lot of us aren't going to let burn out. A sense of intensity," said Harper, who developed into a two-time Pro Bowl player under Williams' tutelage. "And now we understand what it takes to win. Before I don't think we understood it, and we didn't have that complete feeling. But now we've been to the top of the mountain. We know what it takes to get there. And that's what we're trying to do now. It's either Super Bowl or bust. And we won't take anything less this year, no matter what our circumstances are."

    Source: The Redzone

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