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Turnover Turnaround; Rob Ryan looks to boost Saints takeaways

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Metairie, La - Rob Ryan and his defense saw a record turnaround in 2013, just one year after having some of the worst defensive stats in history.  Despite having a top 5 defense a year ago, the Black and Gold struggled at creating turnovers.  Ryan says, "We did pretty decent as a unit, but we want to be great and to be great you've got to take the ball away.  We identify that.  Every coach on our staff individually has a responsibility for turnovers."

When comparing stats with the 2009 Super Bowl champion defense, the 2013 squad actually gave up nearly 1,000 fewer yards, but were only able to force 20 less turnovers.  With Seattle, 2013's champions, creating more turnovers than anyone last year, Ryan has his team more focused on taking the ball away.  "We've had guys going attacking the ball, punching the ball out, ripping the ball out, stripping it, going for interceptions, picking up loose balls on the ground.  If you emphasize it that much in OTA's and camps and stuff like that, when you get to the season it's second nature.  Guys are going for the ball, guys are creating those turnovers and giving Drew Brees and that offense as many opportunities to score points as we can,"says linebacker Victor Butler.

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