Tip Sheet: Analyzing Saints' D revival

Originally Published: October 9, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In his 12 previous seasons in the NFL, four-time Pro Bowl free safety Darren Sharper had gone through hundreds of practices in which his defensive coaches bellowed at their players to strip the ball from their offensive counterparts.

But through thousands of sometimes monotonous strip drills, Sharper had rarely witnessed the kind of obsessive emphasis first-year New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has placed on creating takeaways. Certainly, he had never heard a coach or teammates ...

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