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Who Dat? Secondary playing well for Saints


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THE BRANCH – The Falcons and Saints were in the same predicament this offseason.

They were making changes in the secondary and were looking for cornerbacks and safeties.

The Saints elected to sign ball-hawking safety Darren Sharper and cornerback Jabari Greer during free agency.

Both moves have paid off for the Saints. Sharper has six interceptions and returned three for touchdowns. Greer, the former University of Tennessee standout, is off to a good start.

With the secondary holding up, New Orleans’ new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has implemented his more aggressive approach.

Now, the Saints appear to have a defense to match their high-scoring offense and are the only undefeated team in the NFC at 6-0.

Instead of going the free agency route, the Falcons addressed their secondary needs through the draft.

Second round pick William Moore, who was expected to contend for the starting strong safety spot, was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Cornerback Christopher Owens, a third rounder, is playing on special teams. Cornerback William Middleton, a fifth rounder, was released, but has caught on with Jacksonville.

The Falcons elected to pass on talented cornerback Vontae Davis in the first round. He went to Miami on the very next pick. Davis’ off-the-field issues at Illinois certainly were a red flag for the Falcons.

The Falcons added Brian Williams after he was cut by Jacksonville, but he’s out for the season with a knee injury.

So now, the Falcons head into the first game against pass-happy New Orleans, and the secondary is still unsettled.

Was on the AirTran Falcons plane to Dallas.

Was on the AirTran Falcons plane to Dallas.

There doesn’t appear to be any options other than to keep “coaching up” Chris Houston and Brent Grimes.

It would be unfair to throw Owens out there against Brees for his first NFL start.

“I feel comfortable on both sides, so it really doesn’t matter,” Owens said. “I just have to focus more on the field. I figure if you eliminate the mental mistakes, you have a better chance of making plays on the field.”

Former first round pick Tye Hill, acquired from the St. Louis Rams for a 7th round pick, appears to be on deck if the cornerbacks continue to struggle.

Click link for more on Ledbetter's blog http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2009/10/28/who-dat-secondary-play-well-for-saints/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_falcons_blog

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