It has surely been a long year for Sean Payton, having to sit out while being suspended by the National Football League for his involvement in the bounty scandal. The NFL ended Payton’s suspension on Tuesday, which allows Payton to go back to the New Orleans Saints to get them ready for the 2013 year. I think the return of Payton will lead to the Saints having a much better season next year.
New Orleans struggled and missed the playoffs in a season where the Saints could have played the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Drew Brees had another great season in 2012 even without Payton, but there were players who had bad years like Darren Sproles, who didn’t seem as involved in the offense for New Orleans as prior years.
That will change in 2013 with Payton returning. I really think that the Saints will challenge the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC South title with the talent still on the New Orleans roster.
I thought the suspension would have been lifted before now, but better late than never. Payton can get to work on replacing assistant coaches and putting his own spin on the offense again for the Saints. There will be a much different team on the field in the Superdome next season, and Payton will make sure of that. I’m sure the fans and players of the Saints are very pleased with Payton returning to the team, and that he didn’t leave during his suspension. It is now up to Payton to get the Saints back to Super Bowl contention.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.