What's Wrong with the Saints Defense: Scheme or Personnel?

Below are answers to reader questions submitted Monday. Special thanks to all those that participated. Feel free to continue the discussion on any of these topics in the comment section below.

Which, in your opinion, helps the Saints secondary more next season: a veteran with a decent track record (acquired through free agency) or more skilled young guys (acquired through the draft)? - Mike R.

Definitely a veteran. There's always a learning curve for rookies, so unless they're some supreme talent, you can't expect them to become a significant contributor. Since you're asking about an immediate impact and next season in particular, a veteran is going to give the Saints a better shot at immediate improvement.

What was to blame more for the Saints abysmal defense last year? Scheme or personnel? - Tim P.

Both. Definitely both. I think the new scheme took some getting used to for the players and I think the players as a whole aren't the most talented in the league (not that there's anything wrong with that). I also think Steve Spagnuolo needed to get more familiar with the players he had and learn how best to use them.

Is Drew in decline? - Sylvain G.

Just as we are all getting older, Drew is always heading toward the inevitable end of his career.

Will we win the SB in 2013? - J. Ricky

There are so many factors and so many things that have to go right for a team to win a Super Bowl. The chances are pretty slim, but I like to think the Saints will be in the running. I certainly expect them to be much improved.

Will I find true love? - Canu U.

Reply hazy, try again.

We all know that you're a season ticket holder, Will you be attending the SB and who will you be pulling for? - Tac H.

Unfortunately, I will not. Being a Saints season ticket holder does not get you any rights or privileges for the Super Bowl. Since I hate the 49ers, I will be pulling for the Baltimore Ravens.

Will the Superdome or Saints ever replace the worst PA announcer in the NFL (Jerry Romig)? - T. Mac

Probably not until Jerry retires (which he probably won't) or passes away. Jerry does make his fair share of mistakes but I can't call him the worst in the NFL because I've never heard every PA announcer. I believe he gets help identifying players from his daughter while in the booth. Regardless, Jerry is a fixture and a critical part of Saints culture. He's as crucial to the game day experience as the Who Dat chant.

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