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Saints' defense gets some added motivation

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By Dan Parr

For those who say a Pro Bowl nod doesn't really mean all that much, Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams doesn't want to hear it. Five Saints players were named to the Pro Bowl earlier this week, but none of them came from the defensive side. New Orleans' defense, which ranks 15th in points allowed, was shut out after sending MLB Jon Vilma and SS Roman Harper to last season's all-star game. "I have been doing this for so long that I would be lying if I told you that didn't bother me," Williams said Friday. "... All I can say is I will use it as motivation. I coach better with a chip on my shoulder, and these guys play better with a chip on their shoulder, too." Williams' aggressive style of defense is predicated on forcing turnovers and pressuring the quarterback, but the Saints are tied with the Steelers for the fewest takeaways in the league (14) and rank 29th in sacks per pass attempt.

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