Even though the New Orleans Saints are typically airing out the ball on Sunday afternoons with the 10th highest scoring average in the NFL this season, the defensive backfield has held up very well against opposing offenses that are trying to keep up.
According to Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, that is due in no small part to cornerback Keenan Lewis. Both coaches believe that the 5th year pro deserves recognition for his play on the field and possibly a trip to the Pro Bowl.
“I certainly think so,” Ryan said. “I know you guys think so. I mean, when you see him play every week you know he is. Some of these guys might have four picks but you see them give up 16 touchdowns, but get voted into the Pro Bowl. This guy has earned that, and I think – I don’t know how it is nowadays, AFC/NFC and my kids voting – I don’t know. But I know who deserves it, and he’s worked his tail off. What a leader he’s been for us, and what a transaction.”
Payton completely agrees with his defensive coordinator.
“He has been very consistent and played at a very high level and certainly you can pull up these numbers statistically, burned defender stats, all these other things and he is going to grade out exceptionally well and should be in those discussions,” said Payton.
Lewis arrived in New Orleans in 2013 after spending four season with the Pittsburgh Steelers after they drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He only has three interceptions so far on the year, but sometimes the best corners don’t get much of a chance to get their hands on the ball.