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Although ex-coordinator Rob Ryan ran a 3-4 defense, Dennis Allen began shifting to a 4-3 alignment upon assuming control of the defense last November.
Stephone Anthony showed promise in the middle as a rookie, which would presumably push Laurinaitis to the strong side in New Orleans after seven years and 112 starts at middle linebacker in St. Louis.
Once viewed as a borderline Pro Bowl talent, Laurinaitis' play has slipped the past two seasons. The 29 year old has recorded at least 100 tackles in every NFL season, but has been a liability against the run and rarely forces turnovers.
â WHO DAT!!! â I'm honored and excited to be joining the Saints Organization!!â James Laurinaitis (@JLaurinaitis55) March 17, 2016