Locker Room Scouting Reports on the Saints

We talked to several members of the Packers to get the scoop on tonight's opponent, the New Orleans Saints. Leading off, Aaron Rodgers talks about facing Gregg Williams' aggressive defense.

Packer Report collected some scouting reports on the New Orleans Saints from the Green Bay Packers' locker room this week:

Aaron Rodgers on coordinator Gregg Williams and the Saints' defense: They're a talented defense. They're very well-coached. Gregg Williams is a guy that's been in the league a long time and has done a remarkable job at his different stops. I think he has the personnel that he wants to run his type of defense. They're assignment-sound. They give different looks. They change things up. They change their coverages up, their pressures up. Any great defense has a middle linebacker who's not only tough and athletic, but smart. Jonathan Vilma is a very talented player and a guy who obviously gets them in good situations on defense. So it's going to be a very tough test for us to figure out where their pressure is coming from and what kind of coverages they're going to play behind it but we look forward to the opportunity.

Dom Capers on Drew Brees and the Saints' offense: No. 1, their quarterback is outstanding. He makes very good decisions. He's like most of these veteran quarterbacks in that he can change from a run to a pass or a pass to a run, do all those things at the line of scrimmage. They're a very multiple offensive team. They're going to use a variety of personnel groups so you've got to be on your toes. They run a very high-tempo operation so you have to be prepared or else they'll have you on your heels in a hurry.

John Kuhn on Saints MLB Jonathan Vilma, who has 827 tackles, 11 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and 9.5 sacks in seven NFL seasons: He's reckless abandon. He's real fast, he's sideline-to-sideline, he can blitz on you. He can do a lot of things. He's a challenge.

Josh Sitton on Saints DT Shaun Rodgers, the 350-pound veteran with 38 sacks in 10 seasons: He's a big, experienced veteran who's played a lot of football. He's a big, ol' boy (but) like most guys at that position, he's more athletic than most people would think — B.J. (Raji) being one of those guys, a 340-pound guy who still moves pretty darned well.

Tramon Williams on Saints WR Marques Colston, a 6-foot-4 target whose 40 touchdowns are tied with Greg Jennings for sixth in the league since 2006: He's just a big guy — a big body that's the type of guy they use as a possession receiver. Even though you may have good coverage on him, the quarterback will still the throw because he has that big body and can kind of box out like a basketball player. It helps (to have faced Detroit's Calvin Johnson) and we've got a couple guys on the practice squad who are giving us a good look.

Bryan Bulaga on Saints DE Cameron Jordan, who replaces suspended Will Smith (5.5 sacks last season and 55 for career): He's a high-effort guy, high-motor player. He's strong and he's a smart player, too. He's got good speed on him. He was their first-round pick from this year. He's a good player, and then they bring in other players, too. It's going to be a challenging matchup.

Desmond Bishop on the Saints' RBs, first-round pick Mark Ingram and veteran Darren Sproles, who will fill Reggie Bush's role: Sproles is really quick. He poses a threat because they can hand the ball off to him and they can run screens and different sort of variations of that. He's good in that aspect. Ingram brings a really powerful running game. Everybody knows they like to run that power. It's pretty much smash-mouth football, and they've got a good back to do it.

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