HOUSTON — For the New Orleans Saints, the story of Sunday’s 24-6 loss to the Houston Texans became an ineffective offense that failed to put the points on the board, but the storyline throughout the week leading up to the game was Dennis Allen‘s takeover of the defense.
Allen made some changes — Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday that Allen made four or five alterations — but for the most part, the personnel on defense remained the same.
One big change: With Ramon Humber available again, the veteran took over the bulk of the snaps at the weak-side linebacker spot next to Stephone Anthony and Michael Mauti received a reduced role.
New Orleans also went heavy on the defensive line, where Cam Jordan, Kevin Williams, John Jenkins, Bobby Richardson andTyeler Davison all played more than half the snaps, and pass rusherKasim Edebali got just a paltry 18.
With that in mind, here’s the weekly look at snap counts for each player, with one big change. Instead of listing the percentage of snaps a player has played when he’s available — i.e., healthy and on the active roster — the shift has been made to listing a player’s percentage of the Saints’ snaps as a whole. This late in the season, looking at it as part of the whole offers a better glimpse of how injuries have hampered the defense; for instance, none of Anthony’s running mates at weak-side linebacker have played more than 200 snaps yet this season.