After an unspeakably awful week and amidst getting ready for an all important game against the Carolina Panthers, the Saints are going through some personnel changes. Yesterday the Saints cut K Garrett Hartley and signed, or are in the process of signing, veteran K Shayne Graham. Another notable move was the benching of OT Charles Brown for rookie OT Terron Armstead. Sean Payton was thoroughly disgusted by the effort, or lack thereof, from Brown in last week’s game against Rams DE Robert Quinn. Albeit, Quinn is arguably the best defensive player in the NFL this year. He’s definitely in the running for Defensive Player of the Year with 15 sacks on the season.
A few other shrewd moves made by the Saints was the cutting of CB Chris Carr and the signing of veteran S Eric Frampton. Frampton was a 5th round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2007, since then he’s played for the Vikings and most recently the Cowboys. So yes, he knows the scheme for the Rob Ryan defense and can help in coverage. Frampton has yet to notch a career interception, but he’s more of a run stopping safety and has racked up a career total of 108 tackles and has 1 forced fumble to the stat line.
The addition of Frampton will be more as a tutor for the secondary. His familiarity with Rob Ryan’s defense from his days in Dallas will be an asset to the team and will hopefully help during the playoff campaign. That’s if the Saints make the playoffs this year. It’s coming down to the wire and the fact that this Sunday’s game is for NFC South division title and yet another “Game of the Year” type scenario. All important!