It is the job of defensive tackles to hold the point of attack, occupy blockers, and occasionally make tackles.
They undertake the grunt labor so that the linebackers, safeties, and even defensive backs may handle the tidying up and take credit for the tackles. Defensive tackles can be excellent pass-rushers and earn a reputation for themselves through sacks.
In any defense, the defensive tackle is a crucial position.
Here is a list of the top 5 New Orleans Saints Greatest Defensive Tacklers In History
1. Derland Moore
Moore’s devotion to the Saints in the 1970s required a unique kind of person. While playing for some awful teams, the defensive tackle never missed a day of practice and did his part to help them turn things around despite several injuries and demoralizing seasons.
When sacks became an official metric, he played in 146 of his 170 games in New Orleans and had 10 sacks.
2. La’Roi Glover
As a defensive tackle for the Saints, Glover was outstanding, starting 65 of 79 games and racking up sacks like they were going out of style (50 total, including an NFL-best 17 in 2000). A two-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selection, Glover spent the first half of his career with New Orleans.
3. Elois Grooms
Grooms joined the St. Louis Cardinals as a 29-year-old in 1982, sacks were not counted in the NFL. He went on to pile up 10.5 sacks in the final five years of his career. For seven years prior to that, he was a dominant defensive lineman for the Saints who seldom missed a game.
4. Tony Elliott
In spite of being selected in the fifth round in 1982, Elliott had a respectable NFL career as a nose tackle, peaking in 1983 with 5.5 sacks and going on to record 13 QB sacks throughout his career.
In his first three seasons with the team, he appeared in just 25 games due to a series of injuries, but he eventually became a reliable part of the rotation.
5. Brian Young
From 2004 to 2008, Brian Young spent five seasons with the New Orleans Saints. In 2006, he was a member of the team that won the NFC championship.
Young appeared in 64 games and started 58 of them, making him one of the most experienced players in the league. At the end of the season, he had a total of 187 tackles and 12 sacks. Young caused two fumbles and recovered two fumbles during the game.