Coach Sean Payton conceded Wednesday that the Saints will lean on the ground attack, but resisted the idea of a change in philosophy.
"I think if you're looking closely to when we've been really good," Payton told KRLA-AM, "there's been that element defensively, there's been that element in the running game."
Payton is absolutely correct.
His best teams from 2009-2011 and again in 2013 featured opportunistic defenses specializing in forcing turnovers.
"I've been asked this," Payton continued, "Are you philosophically changing what you do offensively? I wouldn't say that."
Payton explained the Graham trade as simply an opportunity to "correct more than just one position" when faced with a salary-cap crunch after a disappointing 2014 season.
"It's going to be important for us defensively in this draft," Payton explained, "to bring in key guys that we feel like can help us play right away."
With five selections in the first 80 picks of the draft, the Saints have plenty of lottery tickets to cash in on defense.