Is it better to blitz heavy or sit back in coverage against dink and dunk teams like the Saints?
There are a million answers to this question. But let's slant it to the Saints.
Brees: Short by NFL standards. Not a scrambling QB. Gets frustrated, little-girl Brady style.
Our D compared to Seattle's D: Seattle has a stronger secondary, we have a stronger LB corps. So we will play the Saints differently but similar.
McDermott will mix up the blitzing although I believe we will blitz more than usual. Saints are Miami x 3. So think the 2nd half of the Miami game + 3 times the intensity. When we blitz, we need to do it to collapse the pocket, push the line into Brees, and stop the RB from chipping to the outside. Probably safety blitzes because our LB'rs will be covering the underneath which will include stopping play action which we have been very good at.
In all cases, discipline and good football basics will have us winning that battle at the line. Staying in your gap, good tackling, getting off blocks. We don't need to necessarily sack Brees. We need to block his downfield vision and be prepared for those side throws. Our secondary absolutely must know their assignments and stay with them - DO NOT even try to watch Brees, he will misdirect them all night.