I really don't think there is a more intriguing storyline in the entire NFL next season.
Sean Payton became known as one of, if not the best, play callers in the NFL and built the Saints into a franchise that had won 13, 11, and 13 games with a Super Bowl the past three seasons before dropping to 7 this season without his guidance.
Seeing how Payton responds after being completely removed from the league for a year is going to be fascinating.
The question is, will he be rusty and struggle to find his rhythm after so much time away, or will he be even better after watching the game from a distance giving him a different and perhaps even better perspective.
I think the idea of a brilliant offensive mind being able to view the game and the course of an entire season play out without any sort of pressure or the constant need to be focused on the next matchup may give him even more ideas and understanding of how to attack defenses.
Maybe it's just wishful thinking, and I admit I was one of the ones who had high hopes for 2012 even without Payton, so maybe I'm just not being realistic.
Still, it is going to be interesting as hell, and I can't wait for September to see how the story of 2013 unfolds. Image: http://whodatwarriors.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Sean-Payton-Back.jpg
This post was edited on 1/22 at 9:30 am