Comments on the New Orleans Saints by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9)
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 4): Saints may have $100 million QB (Drew Brees), but it remains to be seen how much play-caller (Sean Payton) will be missed.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 7): Yes, bounty scandal will be hard to overcome, but Drew Brees won't let Saints fall that far.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 7): Despite all the turmoil, this team won 13 games year ago and still has one of NFL's elite QBs in Drew Brees. Saints will miss Sean Payton, however.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 8): As a team I'd rank them higher, but no head coach and suspended players push them down to this spot. However, don't be surprised if they are there at the end.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 9): Bounty scandal and resulting suspensions take Saints from top five to ninth. Drew Brees keeps them in top 10.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 9): Can't remember more tumultuous offseason...