The problem for the Saints was a defense that gave up too many points and made no big plays. New Orleans was one of four teams in the NFL that didn’t score a defensive touchdown in 2008.
Football betting statistics show that the Saints finished 8-8 last season but that meant they finished in last place in the NFC South. While Drew Brees had an All-Pro season, the defense did not. A big problem for the Saints was a secondary that has averaged only 13 interceptions the past three years as football betting stats show. To upgrade the secondary the Saints signed former Packers safety Darren Sharper who leads the NFL in career interceptions among active players. The Saints also added Gregg Williams as the new defensive coordinator. "I like how his defenses attack, and it was the perfect situation for me," Sharper said. Williams focuses on attacking with his 3-4 schemes that should make some big plays, especially with Sharper. "(Sharper) obviously has a lot of experience, and he's been here throughout the whole offseason as we've added and really installed the new defense," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "He's been able to handle it from the beginning."
The Saints are counting on CB Jabari Greer to replace Jason David at one of the cornerback positions. "Not only is he a good cover corner," Sharper said, "he is also tough in making plays on the ball." Cornerback Tracy Porter also returns from an injury plagued rookie season. "We feel like he has a good skill set and understands the defense," Payton said. "He has good cover skills and range, and it's a big plus." The Saints drafted CB Malcolm Jenkins in the first round as football betting information shows and he is expected to contribute right away. Randall Gay is expected to start at cornerback until Porter or Jenkins gets the job. Combining with Sharper will be strong safety Roman Harper.
New Orleans has a very winnable opening game in football betting in 2009. They host the Detroit Lions and are 11.5 point favorites in football odds at the sportsbook.
For the Saints to return to the playoffs and impact football odds at the sportsbook they will need the secondary to make some plays. They will also need their veteran players to perform.