By Les East | Crescent City Sports
METAIRIE – The Saints will enter training camp with one virtue among their linebackers that they have lacked the last two years – stability.
Head coach Sean Payton and the front office overhauled the unit after the 2016 season, tweaked it after the 2017 season and will have minimal change this summer compared to the 2018 season.
“There’s no doubt that stability has been built over the last two years,” said linebackers coach Mike Nolan, who joined the Saints at the same time the transition was beginning. “I think the other thing that helps in the stability is that they’re all intelligent football players. They’re all mature guys. They all accept their roles.
“They compete all the time and they’ve become very close. I think that’s why the group performs as a mature group because they’re mature people and that includes Craig Robertson.”
Robertson is the only linebacker who preceded the changes and he survived because in addition to being an outstanding special teams player he’s also one of the most versatile linebackers in a group that prides itself on its versatility.
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