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The New Orleans Saints head into the much-anticipated upcoming 2013 NFL regular season with a clean slate and high expectations after languishing without head coach Sean Payton—who served a year-long suspension as a result of the league’s investigation into the team’s alleged “bounty” program. The Saints set a league record for the most yards allowed in a single season (7,042) and became the first team since the 1975 New York Jets to finish dead last in rushing defense and total defense and in the bottom two in pass defense and scoring defense—on top of missing the postseason for the first time since 2008. Photo Credit: Michael C. Hebert/NewOrleansSaints.com But the return of Sean Payton and the addition of the new fiery defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will improve New Orleans’ porous defense, albeit switching from a 4-3 front to the new 3-4 scheme looks to create some initial growing pains for the Saints, even after acquiring outside linebacker Victor Butler, cornerback Keenan Lew
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