The Vikings and Saints will bring with them the NFL’s 2 highest scoring offenses from the regular season when they meet on Sunday evening in the NFC Championship Game. A couple of offensive-minded head coaches in Brad Childress and Sean Payton and then also a pair of high-profile and ultra-productive QBs in Brett Favre and Drew Brees are main impetus behind the Vikings and Saints offensive prowess.
While meeting with reporters at Winter Park on Wednesday, though, Childress’ mind was on defense – the Saints defense. Perhaps that’s the offensive side of him coming out – and focusing on the opposing defense – but it was still interesting to note that Childress spent more time talking defense than offense in his opening remarks.
“[I have] a little familiarity with (defensive coordinator) Greg (Williams) and that defense,” Childress said, “most recently with Jacksonville last year and then two years ago he was with the Redskins when they came in with Joe Gibbs, and then the years in the NFC East.”
During the regular season the Saints didn’t rate impressively in overall defense (25th) or scoring defense (20th), but they are a play-making bunch that have given opposing QBs trouble. In fact, the Saints allowed just 15 TD passes this season – 5th best in the NFL – and only 2 teams (Buffalo and Green Bay) intercepted more passes. Also, opposing QBs have a passer rating of just 68.6 against New Orleans, 3rd best in the NFL.
Childress indicated on Wednesday that the Saints defense is versatile in the looks it can show and is also an aggressive bunch. A prime example of that aggression and play-making mentality is S Darren Sharper, a former Viking, who tallied 9 INTs this year and took 3 of those back for scores.
“It’s a multiple defense and one that we’ve got to be ready (for),” Childress said. “They’re an attacking defense and you’ve got to be ready for a myriad of different looks.”
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