Saints News 5/31/13: Saints Defense Reportedly Looks 'Impressive' at OTAs

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All OTA reports are positive for the Saints defense. Observers describe them as looking much more energetic and versatile in Rob Ryan's new system. Players are reportedly having no problem learning the new 3-4 scheme as Ryan himself is impressed at how quickly veteran players are picking it up.

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"It looks like to me that Rob Ryan (Saints Defensive Coordinator) has had the opportunity to spend some good time with his players and install more packages."

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Teams at every level of every sport routinely don’t dump key players who make a mistake, opting instead to make an example out of players deemed to be expendable. Morgan isn’t, so he likely won’t be cut or suspended by the Saints. Under the substance-abuse policy, the usual penalty for a first-offense DUI consists of a fine in the amount of two game checks.

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Ryan Griffin won’t venture to guess what the New Orleans Saints have planned for him. But one thing Griffin, the former Tulane quarterback, can say is that he knows he’s in a good situation.

Saints -- Is there a Will in the way?
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Much of our attention was on the defense being installed by new Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan. While much has been said about the switch to a 3-4, the biggest change is the energy and aggressiveness of the unit. While that is always the mantra of any new DC (would anyone come in and say they are going to be more passive?), some of the ideas in practice reinforced this attitude.

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Other NFL News

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Smith, 33, told The Associated Press on Thursday he wants ''to play 15 or 16 years'' in the NFL, which would take him through the 2015 or 2016 season. Smith said he's drawn inspiration from former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber, who retired earlier this month after 16 seasons in the league.

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