Saints point to defensive improvement as a positive

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Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:35 AM
Updated: Sep 27, 2012 10:35 AM
Source: Associated Press

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METAIRIE - Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan refuses to let his unit's dreadful statistical rankings discourage him.

Jordan describes the Saints' defense as a veteran unit that not only isn't panicking or fracturing, but is "re-energized" and focused on mastering first-year coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's schemes.

The Saints have had some recent defensive highlights - including three turnovers and three sacks in their last outing against Kansas City - that they see as evidence of how much better they can be if they are more consistent.

So far, though, they are allowing an NFL-worst 477 yards per game. They are tied for 30th out of 32 teams in points allowed at 34 per game. Their average of 215 yards rushing allowed also ranks last, 60 yards per game worse than 31st-ranked Cincinnati.

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