In its first ever Super Bowl appearance, Payton and quarterback Drew Brees led the team of destiny to a win for the city it represents. The Saints, at least for one season, were 'America's Team'. They were on top of the world.
Now, amidst one of the biggest scandals in recent NFL memory, 'Bountygate' has turned that world upside down.
The NFL had gotten wind of a bounty system in place in New Orleans, which led to suspensions for four members of the Saints' organization, including head coach Sean Payton for the entire 2012 season.
The entire Saints organization has had its name dragged through the mud for a month now, and to get back to its previous glory, here are five steps the Saints must follow to get back to where they once were.