Prior to the 2012 season, there were high expectations for the New Orleans Saints as many expected them to make a run at becoming the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl they were hosting. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out that way for the Saints as they struggled for most of the regular season and finished with a 7-9 record–mainly because of all the adjustments they struggled to make from the aftermath of the bounty gate.
If there was anything to take away from the 2012 season for the Saints, it would be how valuable Sean Payton is for this team at head coach as there’s no question this team would have performed much better and been in consideration for the playoffs had he been allowed to coach from the sidelines. The fact that New Orleans went 37-11 during the regular season during the previous three seasons prior to 2012 with Payton coaching from the sidelines is enough proof how much of a difference there is when the Saints have their beloved head coach involved.
Now that Payton is back, there’s no reason why the Saints shouldn’t be able to bounce back in 2013 and return to their level of dominance as one of the top contenders in the NFC. New Orleans already was at an advantage by having one of the league’s top quarterbacks in Drew Brees, but the main difference in this team from a year ago will be having Payton back in action and calling the shots–so don’t be surprised if the Saints are one of the top teams in the league once again next year.
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