It’s not quite Joe Namath circa 1969, but Cameron Jordan has made his own bold guarantee.
Appearing on NFL Network’s Total Access Friday, the Saints’ talented defensive end was asked if the team can recapture the NFC South crown. His answer reflects a man who’s set the bar much higher.
“This is the year I get a Super Bowl,” Jordan said, per NFL.com.
Jordan elaborated on his prediction, saying the club has all the makings of a champion.
“Cam Jordan going back home to Arizona, Super Bowl in Arizona. We have the team in place, we have an offense, we have Drew Brees, we have Jim Graham now, he’s happy, and that’s a huge thing for us,” he said.
“We have a multitude of wide receivers that are hungry to make a name for themselves. To even talk about defense, we’ve upgraded in a couple different positions. We brought in a ball-hawk in Jairus Byrd, Kenny (Vaccaro) is going into his second year. The defensive line, I can’t say enough about my defensive line. From Akiem Hicks to Junior Galette to Tyrunn Walker, you can name any, Brodrick Bunkley, my D-line is phenomenal. I love my guys.”
Earlier this month, Jordan — who recorded a career-high 12.5 sacks in 2013 — set a personal goal for 16 sacks this season. With defensive coordinator Rob Ryan returning for a second year on the job, the continuity makes it an achievable mark.
“Coordinator for the second year,” Jordan said of Ryan. “That’s a first in my stint with the Saints to have a coordinator come back.”
The ultra-aggressive Ryan unleashed Jordan to his full potential, significantly helping a unit that finished in the top five in three major categories — points (fourth), total yards (fourth) and passing yards (second). If Ryan follows through with another masterful coaching campaign, the Saints could indeed find themselves in Glendale next February.
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