When I first had the idea to go to camp and write a story, it seemed like a fun project. After watching the first day, it became clear Rob Ryan was trying to make my job a lot harder. Before Tuesday I asked my wife how much could have he have installed? "He just got here", "There are lots of rookies, so he'll have to go slow" were my selling points to my wife. She said "I know You and, I know Rob Ryan. This is gonna get complicated". Now I see why I married her.
I had to break it up into two stories "Russy's Minni Camp Review Part1" Was the on the offense, man that was easy and fun! Now I'm sitting here with a half full note book, of hand written observations on the defense, that I have no idea how to express. So I'm sending up the white flag, just gonna have fun with this side too.
This was Drew Bress before the start of practice, I didn't get a shot of him after but, I'm sure he was not smiling. The most shocking thing I saw on both days, was how often the defense surprised the offense, without really blitzing all that much.
The nose tackles, both Jenkins and Hicks forced the offense to help the center, when they didn't, Rob made them pay. This an important fact that should not be over looked. last year teams played our interior guys mostly one on one, allowing the" help" to go to the outside rushers. The guys in the picture above owned the A gaps all camp long.
I hope I'm not putting to much into a glorified walk through, but It seems clear if you think the Saints are going to run a straight 34 defense, you might want to reassess this position. The secondary was so complicated I gave up trying to figure out who was playing what position, half the time I didn't know who was on the field. At one point I think I saw Vilma playing 34 D- end.
"Though the looking glass" is all I can say.