The scene was the same for about two years. Sheldon Rankins sitting at his locker, eyes straight ahead, explaining why he felt he was playing well despite not putting together the kind of sack numbers that validate a first-round pass rusher.
His answers were always gracious, patient and illuminating, but you could tell, by the end of his second season, the Saints defensive tackle had grown tired of the exchange. So, he changed the conversation in 2018 by picking up eight sacks before suffering a torn Achilles during the playoffs.
The Saints have filled their vacancy at linebackers coach by promoting Michael Hodges. Hodges spent last season as an assistant linebackers coach after working as a defensive assistant from 2017-2018. The role he is moving into was created when Mike Nolan, who joined the staff in 2017, departed to become the defensive coordinator of the […]