Chauncey Gardner-Johnson says Saints best defense in NFL: ‘We’re just going to go out there and dominate’

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson says Saints best defense in NFL: ‘We’re just going to go out there and dominate’

The New Orleans Saints are entering a new era with the loss of Sean Payton, but this is a team that could be Better than you expect In 2022. Longtime defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is now the head coach, Jameis Winston is back for another season as quarterback, and the wide receiving corps has been completely overhauled. However, the reason for the Saints’ success in 2022 could be defense.

Despite struggling offensively last year after Winston went down with a torn ACL, Allen led the No. 7 defense in the league in terms of total yards allowed per game. This unit also finished No. 4 overall in 2020. With a few additions New Orleans makes this offseason, it could be a top-five unit again.

During an appearance on “Good Morning Football” Friday, Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was asked if they have the best defense in the NFL. Obviously, he said yes.

“Obviously, I mean from the first level, the second level, the third level,” Gardner-Johnson said, via NFL.com. “I mean, you’ve got Cam (Jordan) and the front to pop off, Shy (Tuttle), Marcus Davenport. Then you have Demario (Davis) calling all the shots in the middle. … You saw what they were doing last year. … Pete (Warner), (Kaden) Ellis, all those guys in the middle. Then on the back end, bringing in Honey Badger (Tyran Matthews). We only had one Super Bowl safety, two-time Super Bowl safety (Malcolm Jenkins), Now we’re bringing in another hometown hero, a Super Bowl winning, Pro Bowler. So he knows, and we know what to expect. We’re going to go out there and dominate and take advantage of the opportunity. All this talent because, why not? It’s Cannot be wasted.”

CJGJ has a point. From the defensive line to the linebackers to the secondary, New Orleans has plenty of talent. It’s also worth noting that this unit has gotten better overall this offseason. The Saints added a cornerback they were excited about in the second round of the draft in Alonte Taylor, replaced Marcus Williams at safety with Marcus Maye and then grabbed Matthews in free agency. This pass defense ranked No. 14 last season, so you can expect improvement in that area.

Star defensive lineman Cameron agrees with Jordan Gardner-Johnson, as he told CBS Sports Ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft, he believes their defense can get better this coming season. That could be something that makes New Orleans a Super Bowl sleeper.

“Just looking at the roster, knowing our guys in our locker room, our leaders and everything that goes with it,” Jordan said, “we still have the feeling that we can win a championship soon.”

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