The New Orleans Saints learned during Sean Payton's suspension last season that their offense is still quite good, even when Payton isn't around to coach it.
For Payton, the key to getting New Orleans back to the post season is fixing a historically bad defense, which is why he's already begun to overhaul the unit with a new scheme and new coordinator - and why it won't be a surprise if the Saints look to this week's NFL draft to help that side of the ball most.
The only significant void on offense was created by the departure of starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod in free agency. Charles Brown, who has served as a reserve tackle since being taken in the second-round of the 2010 draft out of Southern California, has been groomed for that spot, but he has been injury-prone so far, causing Payton to question his reliability.
''If you ask me what keeps me up at night,'' Payton said recently, ''There would be two areas: how are we going to ...