- Jun 7, 2002
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What is the latest on his progress and ability to spell Gay and McKenzie? Does he fit in the Saints' future?
It's really impossible to know at this point. CBs are supposed to come into their own in their 2nd or 3rd season, so there's some reason to hope that Young will be better this year than he was last year.
There is also reason to hope that addressing our pass rush, and adding competent LBs, will aid our backfield enormously. If the safeties aren't biting on the run fake, then they provide better deep help, which makes the CBs job easier. So it's possible that David and Gay will be much better than we expect, if we get our pass rush up to speed.
Remember, we improved our run defense last year, but the cost to our pass defense was pretty heavy. This year it seems we are trying to fill in the players rather than trying to game the scheme. Hopefully, we'll see better numbers from Smith and Grant because they won't have to read and react, having confidence that Vilma and (hopefully) a better WLB can take up the slack. Add in the rotation possiblities with McCray, and it does look like the pass rush will be better. Better pass rush = better pass defense, even without big stars at CB.