New Orleans Saints Defensive End Discusses Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Roughing The Passer

Cameron Jordan no longer hits quarterbacks; he cradles them

Taz and the Moose
October 29, 2018 - 9:38 am

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As a defensive player, Saints end Cameron Jordan is frustrated by the uptick in roughing-the-passer penalties, which happen about as frequently as first downs.

“We got the message as soon as it came up with the whole roughing-the-passer emphasis, which I guess has always been in place. They’re just emphasizing it even more,” Jordan said on Taz & The Moose. “You got to protect the bottom line. The moment it came out, I was like, ‘Oh, okay, we get it now. The Aaron Rodgers rule.’ Even Aaron Rodgers said this rule has been blown out of proportion. But anytime you have a franchise quarterback, of course you’d love him to be the face for the next 15 to 20 years, and everybody else is pushing an average of, what is it, three-and-a-half years? Two-and-a-half years?”

Jordan, a first-round pick in 2011, has spent his entire career with the Saints. His style of play has changed with the officiating.

“I’m thinking full throttle at all times – up until the quarterback hit,” he said. “I smacked Matt Ryan (in Week 3) as he was trying to flush out the pocket, and as soon as I made contact, I was just trying to brace myself. You almost sprain your wrist trying to put your arms out trying to protect this quarterback.”

After the hit, Jordan was immediately nervous.

“I popped up so fast. I popped up so fast like I was in scalding hot water,” he said, laughing. “I was like, ‘Nope, it wasn’t me!’ Make sure not to burp. Let me cradle this quarterback as you hit him. And he still pops up looking for a flag, and you’re like, ‘Come on. Please don’t throw it.’ Wonderful. I can celebrate for all of two seconds now.”

The Saints (3-1) have won three straight games following their Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay. New Orleans beat the Giants, 33-18 in East Rutherford this past Sunday, as the defense limited Eli Manning to 255 yards and a touchdown on 41 attempts. Manning was sacked three times and fumbled once.

“Everybody knows if you hit Eli a couple times, if you sack Eli a couple times, that things can start happening your way in terms of pressures,” Jordan said. “If you hit him early and you hit him often – as long as I’ve been in, that’s been sort of the way. If you don't hit him early, we all know that he can definitely change up the game and become special, so it’s always up to us to try to frustrate him a little bit.”

The Saints host the Redskins (2-1) on Monday Night Football before their Week 6 bye. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET.