New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan looks to give his former New York Jet teammates a rude welcome when the Jets visit the Superdome on Sunday. Vilma, who was a first round draft pick by the Jets in 2004, is now in his second season as the leader of the Saints new and improved defense. During his first two seasons manning the middle of the Jets' 4-3 defense, Vilma received numerous accolades. He was the AP Defensive rookie of the Year in 2004 and was named to the pro bowl the following season. Coach Eric "the Mangenius" Mangini (how does that moniker look now?), who was hired as the Jets' head man in 2006, switched to 3-4 defensive alignment. The alignment, which does not suit Vilma's strengths, took a toll on his production. Vilma was traded to the Saints after the 2007 season, a se ...
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