Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
We’ve talked repeatedly for months about how coordinator Gregg Williams would bring a more aggressive attitude to the New Orleans defense. Now, we’ve got the numbers to back it up.
Through the first three weeks of the season, the Saints have blitzed far more often than any team in the NFC South. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Saints have gone with their standard four-man rush 54.33 percent of the time and used added pressure (at least one extra rusher) 45.67 percent of the time.
Only the Jets (62.60 percent) and Bears (47.46) have blitzed more often.
The rest of the NFC South hasn’t been nearly as aggressive. The Bucs have used a standard rush 70 percent of the time and blitzed 30 percent.
The Falcons have gone with the standard scheme on 77.68 percent of their snaps and blitzed on 22.32 percent.
The Panthers trail only the Raiders when it comes to infrequency of blitzes. The Raiders are blitzing on 11 percent of their plays. The Panthers have blitzed on 19.39 percent of their snaps and gone with standard pressure 80.61 percent.