Vonn Bell, Jairus Byrd are starting to form a solid combination in the back of the Saints defense (1 Viewer)


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The Saints secondary doesn’t want to be viewed as a group of individuals.

They’re the sum of their parts. One player doesn’t make or break the group. They succeed together. They fail together. The players realize that and used some symbolism before last week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams by running through the pyrotechnics and smoke during pregame introductions as a group instead of as individuals.

“We just wanted to show our comraderie, that we’re starting to grow together, that we’re starting to play together,” safety Kenny Vaccaro said. “Just unity, really. In the secondary, it’s not necessarily individuals. It’s all of us playing together.”

The New Orleans secondary is finally starting to realize its potential. It won’t be until next year that the team will find out what could have been by having both Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams on the field together because Williams is on injured reserve. But Breaux is back from a broken fibula and looks to be fully recovered. That’s been a big development for this team and has helped open up some of the things the team can do on defense.

But the backbone of the secondary, and perhaps the identity of the whole defense, is the team’s safeties. Where most teams use three linebackers in their base defense, New Orleans has opted instead to deploy three safeties — Vaccaro, Vonn Bell and Jairus Byrd — and keeps those players on the field for nearly every snap.


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