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Lack of takeaways a concern for Saints

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By Dan Parr

The Saints changed to a more aggressive, blitz-heavy defensive system in 2009 when Gregg Williams was hired as coordinator, and a high-powered offense fed off that overhauled unit's play on the way to a title. Williams is still leading the New Orleans "D," and while there have been significant personnel changes, seven of the players who started on that Super Bowl-winning defense are still starting for the Saints. This season they have failed to play with the opportunistic flair they displayed in '09, though. It helps explain why the Saints aren't dominating their opponents, even with their great talent and experience. The Saints had 39 takeaways in '09 but have forced only four turnovers in six games this season. They're also well off the pace of their 2010 team, which forced 25 turnovers. New Orleans is minus-13 in turnover ratio since the start of last season, and only three teams (Denver, Jacksonville and Miami) have a worse ratio over that span.

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