Statistically speaking: Despite flashes of promise, Saints’ overall defensive numbers slip in 2015 campaign _lowres

 

The New Orleans defense had high hopes for a turnaround when the 2015 season opened.

Working with an overhauled scheme, a key addition in Dennis Allen and a sweeping change in personnel, the Saints wanted to put a disappointing 2014 season behind them.

Not all of the moves paid off the way the Saints would have liked.

Despite flashes of promise, the Saints actually slipped backwards in most key defensive rankings, leading to Sean Payton‘s decision to fire coordinator Rob Ryan midway through his third season in New Orleans.

With that in mind, here’s a look at how the Saints defense fared statistically in 17 defensive categories over the past three seasons.

SCORING

2013: 4th, 19.0 points per game

2014: 28th, 26.5 ppg

2015: 32nd, 29.8 ppg

TOTAL YARDS

2013: 4th, 305.7 yards per game

2014: 31st, 384.0 ypg

2015: 31st, 413.4 ypg

YARDS PER PLAY

2013: 10th, 5.19 yards per play

2014: 31st, 6.01 ypp

2015: 32nd, 6.64 ypp

RUSHING YARDS

2013: 19th, 111.6 yards per game

2014: 29th, 132.8 ypg

2015: 31st, 129.4 ypg

YARDS PER CARRY

2013: 28th, 4.61 yards per carry

2014: 31st, 4.81 ypc

2015: 32nd, 4.92 ypc

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

2013: t-11th, 11

2014: t-28th, 17

2015: t-20th, 12

PASSING YARDS

2013: 2nd, 194.1 yards per game

2014: 25th, 251.2 ypg

2015: 31st, 284.0 ypg

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE

2013: t-15th, 60.0 percent

2014: 15th, 62.5 percent

2015: 31st, 68.4 percent

YARDS PER ATTEMPT

2013: 9th, 6.12 yards per attempt

2014: 27th, 7.36 ypa

2015: 32nd, 8.35 ypa

PASSING TOUCHDOWNS

2013: 6th, 20

2014: t-17th, 26

2015: 32nd, 45 (NFL record)

INTERCEPTIONS

2013: 22nd, 2.37 percent of attempts, 12 overall

2014: 23rd, 2.20 percent of attempts, 12 overall

2015: 27th, 1.65 percent of attempts, 9 overall

QUARTERBACK RATING

2013: 14th, 83.6 rating

2014: 24th, 92.9 rating

2015: 32nd, 116.2 rating (NFL record)

SACKS

2013: 4th, 9.66 percent of attempts, 49 overall

2014: 23rd, 6.23 percent of attempts, 34 overall

2015: 27th, 5.70 percent of attempts, 31 overall

FIRST DOWNS

2013: 1st, 17.1 first downs per game

2014: 28th, 21.6 first downs per game

2015: 32nd, 23.8 first downs per game

THIRD-DOWN CONVERSIONS

2013: 9th, 34.67 percent

2014: 31st, 46.05 percent

2015: 22nd, 40.34 percent

RED-ZONE PERCENTAGE

2013: 18th, 56.52 percent

2014: 30th, 62.75 percent

2015: 32nd, 67.69 percent