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Saints Defensive Front Line Best In The NFL

The New Orleans Saints defense has bite. They can chew you up and spit you out, rock solid, leading the NFL last season with 66 sacks. Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover was "All-Pro", defensive end Joe Johnson "All-Pro", defensive end Darren Howard was named to the All-Rookie team by Football News, while tackle Norman Hand was selected second team All-Pro by Football Digest.

Throw in back up Willie Whitehead and you can see why the Saints frontline turned heads and slammed bodies into the turf. In 2000 the Saints drafted Darren Howard with their first pick in the second round. He responded with 53 tackles and 11 sacks. He's only getting better in training camp in Thibodaux.

Howard said, "I think I did well last season. I take my hat off to the other three guys on the line. They helped me out a lot, giving me valuable pointers here and there. They also took a lot of attention off me during the games. When you have four great defensive linemen an offense can't zero in on one."

Coach Jim Haslett and General Manager Randy Mueller know how to judge talent. They proved that last season with a number of free agent signings and the selection of Darren Howard.

Howard and his talented teammates tackle the Dallas Cowboys 7:00 p.m. Saturday in the Superdome looking for a preseason victory. Last week Minnesota defeated the Saints 28-21 in San Antonio.

By A.J. Giardina

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