The Saints have the 16th ranked rushing defense only when measured by the total yards they've given up on the ground. When you look at yards per carry, they drop down to 27th. Last year they were the worst rushing defense in the league, and their personnel is, if anything, a little lighter on talent with the injuries to Greer and Smith. Yes, they scheme better, but they also have the luxury of a great offense allowing them to pin their ears back and go after the passer. That won't work against the Panthers.
If there's one thing I do believe in where Shula is concerned, it's that he will stay with the run. It may take a while, but we will start breaking through the Saints, and mounting those long, sustained drives. As long as Cam keeps doing what he does on third down, we're going to be in great shape.