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Saints settle into their new defensive scheme

The New Orleans Saints were back on the job Tuesday in OTA mode. Everything took place inside the team facilities in Metairie. There will be two more days of organized training activities before training camp opens next month.

Linebacker Victor Butler went down for a moment after banging knees with running back Mark Ingram. Everybody's fine, according to head coach Sean Payton. And that's good news, considering Butler, an outside backer, comes from Dallas, where he worked in a 3-4 scheme under new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

It's a system which should allow the team's defense to fly to the ball and make plays. That's something it was able to do precious little of during the unit's historically bad 2012 season.

That's exactly what 2012 is to the team at this point -- history.

Said defensive back Jabari Greer, "I think we are progressing at a good pace, but we just continue to work. We understand we're a long way from where we want to be. A long way from where we're going to be. So I think that we're ending [OTA's] on a good note, but we have a lot of work to do."

Safety Malcolm Jenkins added that, while the defense is in a learning mode, he agrees things are coming along nicely. "It's just communication," said Jenkins, "learning the verbiage of the defense, being able to communicate on the field so everybody's on the same page. Those are usually the biggest things trying to install a new defense. I think guys are pretty confident in the scheme. Guys know what they're doing... we just have to continue to fine tune some things."

Linebacker Curtis Lofton says the defense is getting the point of doing what comes naturally. "Oh yeah, you know, when you're not thinking you can just go play football," Lofton said. "You know, you love that kind of... that style of football and that's what Rob [Ryan] brings.  And that is what we have been doing so far, and just having fun."

The Saints certainly hope that fun continues into and through the 2013 season.

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