I think the big reason that the Saints give up so many points/yards is because instead of focusing on tackling the offensive players, they are more focused on getting takeaways. I have no problem with that strategy as it has gotten us to the SUPERBOWL. What do you guys/gals think? Would they have had better defensive games if they had wrapped up the defenders and thereby creating more 3rd and longs or 3 and outs, or is it a wash because when the defense gets a take-away you gain momentum and another chance for your offense while stopping the opponent from scoring? When you go for take-aways you also risk giving up the big play also, so factor that into your thoughts. I can see where poor tackling (due to the fact that you are trying to strip the ball) can cause problems, and I saw a few plays where a Viking got away from the tackles, BUT I also saw a defense that killed 2 scoring drives and helped recover from an offensive miscue last night.
Echoing another fans sentiments I also was a little horse this morning from screaming "JUST FALL ON THE BALL!". I think there were 2 times in the game last night where someone could have easily fallen on the ball, but instead tried to pick it up and create a bigger play with it. I think we lost at least 1 of those. Was this caused by our defense being "too" aggressive? (I really can't fault the defensive guys, as if I were out there I too would probably try to make a SportsCenetr highlight with it also........)
Would better defensive statistics have made our opponents anymore afraid of us? Or would the fact that we are not only going to score, but Take the ball away from your team, scare them more?
P.S. I also hate it when a defensive goes into prevent or cover-2 mode to preserve a lead late in ball games.