By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate
Three times in the past two days, a New Orleans Saints defender has picked off Drew Brees and taken off for the opposite end zone with the rest of the defense in tow.
And not just the other 10 men on the field. For the past two days, the entire Saints defense has come off the sideline to escort the interceptor into the end zone, then joined in the team photograph celebrations the Saints made famous after turnovers last season.
All of this is by design.
Under Sean Payton, the Saints have always emphasized creating turnovers on defense, and a resurgent New Orleans defense finished tied for ninth in the NFL last season with 25 takeaways — including 20 interceptions, third-best in the league. ...
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