Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/27/13

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints kisses the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Sean Payton dismisses the notion that his return to coaching means the New Orleans Saints will instantly regain their playoff form of 2011. The coach is quick to remind anyone who asks about his past success that a team which stumbled to a 7-9 record last season - with one of the most porous defenses in NFL history - is the one he has taken over following his return from his season-long bounty ban. So there's a lot of work to do, Payton says, if the Saints want to contend for the playoffs in 2013 - not that he's discounting New Orleans' potential to do so. ''There is urgency every season,'' Payton said. ''Each year is different, and certainly there are goals and expectations. Most importantly, we don't try and put limitations on what we think we can and can't do. We don't know enough about this team yet.'' The good news for Payton is that the NFL is largely a quarterback-driven league, and the Saints have Drew Brees, who last season eclipsed 5,000 yards passing for the third tim...
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