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- Feb 1, 2004
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- Monroe, La
By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune
The Saints defense was fairly vanilla in their first two games, choosing to operate out of their base 4-3 front most of the time while operating with the luxury of big early leads.
But defensive coordinator Gregg Williams opened up the playbook on his old team, the Buffalo Bills, in Week 3. This was the defense we'd seen in minicamps and OTS throughout the offseason.
The Saints played exclusively in a three-man front against Buffalo. They opened in a 3-3-5 package featuring ends Will Smith and Charles Grant flanking Sedrick Ellis on the nose and their nickel package of five defensive backs. They went to this package in passing situations and third downs. In all, they played their package on 34 of the Bills' 61 snaps.
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