As the New Orleans Saints tried to stop one of the NFL's best rushing offenses last week, defensive coordinator Dennis Allen thought of a creative way to give his group an advantage. In last Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears, the Saints defense deployed a package with five defensive linemen about 20 times, hoping to create one-on-one matchups for each lineman while forcing the Bears to adjust to the new-look personnel group. "You're always trying to create stress on the offense, whether it be with a personnel package, whether it be with a certain coverage or maybe a certain type of pressure," Allen said on Friday. In the package, the Saints used just one linebacker -- A.J. Klein -- and five defensive backs. Whether they will use the package moving forward isn't clear. There are some pass-rush benefits to adding an extra lineman, but the grouping is primarily for run stopping, which is why they used it against a Chicago team that ranks fourth in rushing offense. This Sunday's opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rank 29th in rushing, so don't be surprised if the new package isn't a part of this week's game plan. Last week, though, Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky noted how the Saints defense presented different looks than he'd seen on film, so perhaps Allen will add another creative package for the upcoming game.
Saints defense introducing new wrinkles as season progresses
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Nov 5