A combination of events have made for a very rough offseason in New Orleans.
The Saints' bounty scandal has left the franchise holding on by a thread, and as a result, the coaching staff and management are being held together by duct tape and super glue.
On top of New Orleans being fined $500,000 and losing its second-round draft pick in 2012 and 2013, head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season, GM Mickey Loomis will miss eight games, and assistant/interim head coach Joe Vitt will be forced to miss six games.
"Coaches only do so much for a team; the game belongs to the players," you say.
However, New Orleans will be without two of its best defensive players. Starting middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma will miss the entire upcoming season, and starting defensive end Will Smith will miss the first four games.
With the defense being at less than full strength, more pressure will be put on the Saints' potent offense, and fortunately for New Orleans, the man under center holds the NFL record for passing yards in a season.
Well, at least that would be the case...if Drew Brees and the Saints could agree to a new contract.
As both sides continue to work towards a new deal, New Orleans is in a tough position; however, the Saints' roster is filled with talent, and this is the same team that brought the franchise its first Super Bowl.
It's been three seasons since the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV. Let's look at three reasons that the Saints will overcome this rough time and have a successful season in 2012.