came across this article earlier. LINK
For those that are interested in this type of thing, they have the Saints at #14 in their power rankings.
I thought this was an interesting comment:
The Saints are no longer the top team in the NFC South. That distinction now belongs to the Atlanta Falcons, and both the Saints and Falcons should be wary of the Carolina Panthers.
even though the Saints swept the Bucs last year, they upgraded their defense more than any other team in the division I think. It seems to me that the same hype was given to the Panthers going into last season also. Something about them finishing strong and that carrying over into next year. They have the toughest schedule of any team in the league so I'm not buying into them being a threat.
A little tidbit on Martez Wilson:
Player you might not have heard of yet, but will soon: The Saints drafted Martez Wilson out of Illinois in the third-round of the 2011 NFL draft. Wilson played inside linebacker in college, but the Saints moved him to defensive end. With the team moving to a 3-4 defense, Wilson is now slated to play outside linebacker where he could be successful as an edge rusher. In 333 snaps in 29 games over the last two seasons, Wilson has four sacks and nine quarterback hits.
I guess he might still be a little raw because he's moved around a lot. He wasn't a DE in his rookie year as we know but sometimes these articles leave out some other info.
As the Saints change to a 3-4 base defense under Rob Ryan, the biggest question mark is at outside linebacker. The Saints are attempting to move 32-year-old Will Smith, a 282-pound defensive end, to the position, which should be interesting when he has to drop into coverage.
Isn't Will Smith still going to play with a hand in the ground though? I'm not buying some of the shite I've read concerning his role this year. If there is some truth to that though then God help us