Top five reasons Saints again a powerhouse

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws the ball during the second half of their NFL game...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws the ball during the second half of their NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans, Louisiana September 8, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

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On his first full day back on the job this past January, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton sounded like a man who knew just what had to be done to return his team to prominence.

Payton said he’d been jotting down to-do notes on a stack of yellow sketchpads, as he served his season-long, 10-month suspension away from his team as his punishment in the infamous bounty scandal.

“I’m excited to get back,” he told a gaggle of reporters and camermen at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. “There’s a lot we have to do.”

In Payton’s absence last year, the Saints limped to a 7-9 record under interim head coach Joe Vitt.


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