METAIRIE, La. – The defense run by new coordinator Rob Ryan is showing early promise for the New Orleans Saints, compiling five sacks and three turnovers during a scrimmage on Saturday.
Outside linebacker Junior Galette had two sacks, one each against Drew Brees and Luke McCown. Veteran cornerback Chris Carr, who chose during free agency to rejoin Ryan, his former coordinator in Oakland, made an interception. He also tipped McCown's pass for Nick Toon, which linebacker David Hawthorne snagged for another interception.
Brees led one scoring drive of 13 plays, capped by Mark Ingram's 2-yard touchdown run. Brees did not have a touchdown pass while sharing snaps with two other quarterbacks in a 64-play scrimmage.
Rookie linebacker Eric Martin sacked McCown and also caused a turnover by stripping Ingram.