Detillier: Sean Payton has never had a defensive line like this with the Saints

WWL Newsroom
October 07, 2019 - 3:10 pm

Much of the focus has been on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's standout performance in the New Orleans Saints 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and rightly so.

“Teddy had a terrific day,” WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier enthused. “He was accurate. He was on target. He was in control of the game.”

Bridgewater was 26-34 for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception (that wasn't really his fault), good for a 131.2 passer rating. Detillier wanted to focus on a group that often does not get a lot of attention.

“The offensive line had a big part in the win,” Detillier explained. “Bridgewater's ability to extend the play a little bit longer and get a little bit more time is in large part to the play of the offensive line. They don't have the ball, so people don't watch a lot of the offensive line. But their play was excellent on Sunday.”

Detillier also gave some love to the defensive line.

“Where is this football team different than any other team Sean Payton has had,” Detillier asked. “And then he answered. “The defensive line. They have talent and depth, and they can get after you and put a tremendous amount of pressure on you.”

That is exactly what the defensive line did. They hurried Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston eight times and sacked him six times, with five different defensive linemen recording sacks. Here's what Detillier had to say about the different linemen:

  • “It was Marcus Davenport's best game in the NFL. He's starting to get it now, understanding how to get pressure from a couple different ways.”
  • “I thought Malcom Brown also had a terrific game.”
  • “You had two undrafted rookies making impact plays. Shy Tuttle, from Tennesse, got a big push from in the middle. Carl Granderson, who's had a wild ride in the last year, was able to come in and make some plays off the edge.”
  • “Listen, I don't know what more you can say about Cam Jordan. Week in and week out, he's a top player.”
  • “Sheldon Rankins is a big factor as well. It was only his second game back from that Achilles injury, and he notched a few tackles and a sack.”

Detillier highlighted how important getting great play from both the offensive and defensive lines is for the Saints. “You're winning in the trenches. It's not something people watch; but when you win there, you're going to win a lot of games.”

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