Why the Saints won't acquire Albert Haynesworth
There doesn't seem to be much of a defensive tackle alongside Ellis and I know you guys have heard this question time and time again, but what about the intent to pick up Haynesworth? Andrew Hantman, Santa Monica, Calif.
Duncan: Let's get one thing straight, Andrew. Albert Haynesworth is not going to be with the New Orleans Saints. The reasons have been well-documented. The run defense has improved in recent weeks. The Saints are ranked No. 16 in the league. The Saints aren't built to be a dominant run defense. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams values versatility in his players. His complex scheme relies on players who can switch positions. Therefore, you're not going to have a lot of big thumpers who can smash the run. In other words, you won't see them going for any Levon Kirtlands or Ted Washingtons. Consequently, they are a little "light" up front and teams can have success pounding them on the ground. The Saints counter this by bringing their safety into the box and swarming the football with numbers. So far, the strategy has been pretty successful. And I think you're selling Remi Ayodele short. He's one of the most improved players on the team and has played well of late. He had his hands full with Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey but so does everyone else. The guy is extremely talented. Ayodele has developed into a reliable starter and is in no way a weakness.