Early on in Saints pre-season/camp you can sense an edge on the conference calls with Coach Sean Payton, left tackle Terron Armstead and defensive end Cam Jordan. Armstead and Jordan mentioned the ultimate goal of Super Bowl a handful of times. That was the main reason Cam Jordan didn't consider opting out this season. He simply told me: "NOPE.” Jordan did say he discussed the option with his family briefly, but recognizing the work he's put in to get to a Super Bowl, he felt was too critical to opt out.
Want a further example of the vigor and energy Jordan and his Saints teammates have for the upcoming season? "If you asked me, Cam can you play right now? I'd meet you in the parking lot, " said the All Pro defensive end. That was Jordan’s retort after being asked if the six week run up to the start of the season was enough time to prepare. The Saints defensive captain did admit, however, that he's a little more anxious about the start of the season given the circumstances, "Just because of the guidelines (set by the league). I feel like I'm in the best shape possible; I hope we can stay on the right path in terms of procedures."
The Saints return 10 of 11 starters on defense, adding rookie Zach Baun to the linebacker group. Defensive end Marcus Davenport enters his fourth NFL season. The former first round pick has had productive moments, but he’s battled injuries that stunted his growth and production. His counterpart Cam Jordan, still has a lot of faith in Davenport, “He just has to build on what he did last year. He had six sacks last season. I think we could be dynamic duo." The Saints ranked in the NFL’s top 5 in sacks last season, with 51 QB takedowns. Jordan paced the team with 15.5, a career high.
There isn't a defensive player on the Black & Gold more qualified to explain just how important fans are to a defense. What’s Cam Jordan’s take on the prospect of no fans in the stands? "It would be like an away game every week. The Superdome is the loudest dome in America,” said Jordan. That's not just lip service. I've been to just about every NFL venue. The only indoor facility that rivals the Superdome is U.S Bank Stadium (home of the Vikings) in Minneapolis. I know…I know…that's a sore spot; just pointing it out.