Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/4/13

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after his team defeated the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
This time last year, the New Orleans Saints were headed into a territory that no other team has ever been.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell placed a suspension on the Saints like no other in NFL history. Among the suspensions were players, coaches, and even the the team GM Mickey Loomis got the axe for almost half of the season.  The most profound and cost worthy suspension had to go to head coach Sean Payton who was terminated for the whole 2012-13 season.  It had to be weird and yet humbling to be Sean, watching games at home as a fan like most of us do and not as the head of the snake just a few years removed from the 2009 Super Bowl and world champ honors.Fast forward now to the present day.  The players are back (Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma), GM Mickey Loomis is back, and most importantly the chief guru Sean Payton is back to partner with his on field protege quarterback Drew Brees.  It won’t be easy for the Saints though getting back to glory. The offense will be a well-oiled r...
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