I guess you must have forgotten that the Saints were 6th in rushing last year, and Atlanta was 15th. To win in this division you have to be good against the run and the pass. Given that we were 4-2 in the division last year with Harris, how are we going to be better without him if we end up 28th against the run this year.
And as for Vick- he ran against us all day which would argue for better run defense not pass defense.
Maybe you should try again........
We'll if we end 28th then obviously we would be worse but I don't see that happening.
I don't see how you thought I was talking about pass defense with Vick. I was talking about how much effort we put into stopping him from destroying us always scrambling around. 2002 was embarrassing. Our invincible D-line was powerless against him.
T. Davis didn't really start to show his stuff until he was sent to spy Vick all day. You can see what the coaches had in mind when they drafted him. We used a little 5 man fronts as well. The coaching staff really made stopping Vick a priority.
It's kind of funny that you mentioned passing though because I remember we were about the only team he could pass on early in his career. He was just plain poison.
Have you forgotten how bad the defensive tackle position was last year? It was destroyed by injuries. That is what made the run defense so poor. Look at the 2008 giants game for example, as soon as Kemo went down it was over. We totally neglected the position for two years.
Chris Harris stopped a lot of running plays at the LOS and it was his best quality. But the loss of Harris is nothing compared to losing 3 defensive tackles to injuries. We had guys off the street starting. With Harris we have a 2nd rounder to take his place. Or maybe Godfrey moves over.
Also what have you seen of Sherod Martin to think he wont be successful?The jury is still out but he played very well in his limited opportunities.