Thursday, April 24, 2014
Jordan expects more fight from Falcons
By Mike Triplett
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan expects to see a much improved Atlanta Falcons team when the two longtime NFC South rivals meet in Week 1 this season at Atlanta.
But Jordan, who is known for being the biggest wise-cracker in the Saints’ locker room, couldn’t resist throwing a jab at a Falcons offensive line that was much maligned in 2013.
“[Receiver Julio Jones] will be back healthy, and that’s always a steamroller you have to worry about,” Jordan said, according to The Times-Picayune. “I’m sure they did something with their O-line, hopefully. I don’t know if you could call that an O-line last year. Roadblocks. Speed bumps.”
Indeed, the Falcons have made their offensive line one of their biggest offseason priorities – perhaps inspired by the 2.5 sacks Jordan had against them in their Week 12 matchup last year. Atlanta added new line coach Mike Tice and new linemen Jon Asamoah and Gabe Carimi while preaching the importance of becoming stronger and more physical up front.
As for Jordan and the Saints’ defensive front, it’s hard to imagine them performing much better than they did last year under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
But Jordan said he’s fired up about building off of his breakout season, which led to 12.5 sacks and his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Jordan pointed out that he has had five different defensive coordinators over the past five years, dating back to his college days at Cal.
“I’m so comfortable with the uncomfortable,” said Jordan, who spoke with reporters while visiting Morris Jeff Community School on Thursday. “I don’t even know how to retain information anymore. It’s going to be nice to just get back and say, ‘Oh yeah, we did run this defense last year.’ There’s actually familiarity to it. …
“I’ve just been focused on trying to perform for my team and put us in the best position to be a winning team. That’s just what’s really important to me, trying to get a Super Bowl ring. I don’t have one. Some of the other guys do. I’m sort of jealous.”