NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - The New Orleans Saints defense turned up the heat in 2013. After getting burned last season, head coach Sean Patyon brought in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and he devised a 3-4 defensive alignment, that's three down linemen and four linebackers. What a difference that made!
Junior Galette moved from defensive end to outside linebacker and the 2010 free agent responded with 48 tackles, 32 solo stops and12 sacks. All career highs.
Defensive end Cam Jordan dominated the trenches with 64 tackles, 31 solo's and led the Saints with 12 and a-half sacks. Jordan has finally lived up to his status as the Saints top draft pick in 2011.
Besides the Saints defense, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly says corralling New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will be vital if the Eagles are to shoot down the Saints.
Kelly says,"He's been around such a long time. It's a lot like playing Peyton Manning. They're so skilled in their offense and what they are doing. You've got to present a lot of different looks to him. He's got a lot of weapons to go to."
The 7-time All-Pro quarterback passed for 5,162 yards, 39 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. If the Saints offensive line can keep the Philadelphia defensive pass rush at bay, Brees will have plenty of success.
Since taking over at quarterback in 2006, Brees had guided the Saints to 80 wins and 47 losses in regular season play, 5 and 3 in the postseason.
Brees has thrown for 4-thousand or more yards in all eight seasons in New Orleans.
This season Brees compiled a 104.7 quarterback rating, that's number 6 in the NFL.
Nick Foles of Philadelphia led the NFL with a quarterback rating of 119.2 and was instrumental in guided the Eagles to the NFC East Division title.