Saints defense preps for Panthers
METAIRIE - Experience tells Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins that forcing turnovers is a state of mind.
In that case, New Orleans' defense has some thinking to do.
During the past seven games, the New Orleans has forced two turnovers - a league low during that span. That's left the Saints to try to figure out what has changed since their first seven games, when they took the ball away 15 times.
Jenkins reflects back to New Orleans' 2009 defense, which helped the Saints win a Super Bowl while creating 39 turnovers in the regular season and eight in the postseason. Back then, Jenkins says the Saints "used to eat, sleep and breathe turnovers."
The safety says the Saints aim to regain that mentality before they play at Carolina on Sunday.