The Saints have led every game thus far this season. A few plays here and there and they could be 4-1 instead of 1-4. It's the same team as last season, except for a new defensive scheme which is making an already shitty defense even more shitty. Even so, they are +1 in turnover ratio.
I'd say it's safe to say they miss Payton.
The problem isnt Drew Brees and his contract. Or anything with the offense.
Brees' 2011 stats after 5 gms: 152-219 (.694 pct) 1769 yds, 12 TDs, 5 INTs.
Brees' 2012 stats: 139-236 (.588 pct) 1720 yds, 14 TDs, 6 INTs.
Either way, this team has a tough schedule. Realistically, Im not sure what to expect the rest of the way.