Detillier: Saints secondary stepped up with Marshon Lattimore out

WWL Newsroom
November 18, 2019 - 2:37 pm

By: Jordan Fiegel

The New Orleans Saints harried and harassed Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston throughout their 34-17 win. The New Orleans defense only sacked Winston twice, but they landed another 12 QB hits.

“The Saints put constant pressure on Winston. They were after him from start to finish, and you had to be without [cornerback] Marshon Lattimore in the line-up.” WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier told WWL’s Tommy Tucker. “I thought the secondary held up pretty well. Tampa has some big time receivers with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.”

Evans and Godwin were targeted 14 times, but only caught 7 of those balls. Those 7 receptions did go for 116 yards and 1 touchdown. Still, Detillier was pleased with the performance.

“Overall, the Saints defense did their job. Nothing’s going to be perfect,” Detillier said. “Look, we’ve got a 50% divorce rate in America. A lot of people expect perfection, but that’s not going to happen anywhere, including on the football field.”

The Saints secondary was without their top cornerback, Marshon Lattimore, but others stepped up. Winston threw for 313 yards, but needed 51 attempts to do so. He completed less than 60% of his passes, and four different Saints defenders recorded interceptions.

Detillier praised the job Saints defensive backs did, and he singled out one young player in particular.

“C.J. Gardner-Johnson played all over the field at Florida, and that’s what the Saints are doing with him,” Detillier said. “That’s a lot to digest as a rookie. One thing about him is that he plays with swagger, and he’s able to shrug off the bad plays.

Gardner-Johnson notched 3 tackles against Tampa Bay, to go along with 1 pass deflection and 1 QB hit. In the last four games, he has 14 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 QB hits, and 6 pass deflections.

Detillier admitted it wasn’t pretty at times, with the Saints offense stalling on a couple drives and the defense giving up a handful of plays; but a win is a win.

“The bottom line is you came away with the win,” Detillier said. “Tampa’s always been a strange place for the Saints to play. I really can’t explain why, but it really has been a sort of mercurial spot for them.”

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