You know what has been the most impressive aspect of the incredible three game run that Delvin Breaux is currently on? It's not that he has given up just ONE single yard over that span. It's not that just .00139% of the yards the Saints have given up have come against him. It's not even that he's managed to find success playing in a secondary that has been completely void of it all season. It's that his injury in the game against the Carolina Panthers can almost exclusively be viewed as the sole the reason the Saints lost. That sounds crazy, but his interception in the first quarter helped the Saints jump out to a 14-0 lead, and it wasn't until he was sidelined that Cam Newton, Ted Ginn, and Co. started making the Saints last line of defense look offensive. That's the very definition of being a "game changer".
Supposed "key" free agent acquisitions like Brandon Browner, and to a smaller extent Jairus Byrd, have turned this defense into a league-wide laughing stock. Yet Delvin Breaux, a player that has battled his way from a neck injured that nearly cost him his life on a high school football field, has quietly made a name for himself in the most unlikely of places; A backfield that can't stop fucking anybody. Think about the league's best cornerback's. How many of them play on downright criminally bad defenses? Petersen? Revis? Norman? I can't think of one, and that's how unbelievable Breaux has been in making his mark on the NFL in just his first season. It would be easy to say that teams aren't targeting him because everyone else at his position has been so bad, but that certainly wouldn't explain why he's amongst the best in the league in passes defended this year. The Saints high priced additions over the last few years have been, in a word, detrimental. However, they somehow lucked into their shutdown cornerback of the future, and that, if nothing else, should help Saints fans rest a little easier headed into next season.
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