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Saints at No. 9 in PFT preseason power rankings

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gestures during NFL football practice at the team’s training facility in Metairie, La., Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)


They no longer have to talk about bounties.

They no longer have to worry about interim coaches.

But that doesn’t mean the Saints don’t have anything to worry about.

They have head coach Sean Payton back, which should spark one of the game’s best offenses led by quarterback Drew Brees.

But they have so many issues on defense that it might not make enough of a difference.

Fixing what was the NFL’s all-time worst defense (by yards allowed) will be the priority this year, and making any improvement there should allow them to contend for a playoff spot. They didn’t have enough money to make all the upgrades they needed, but they changed scheme and moved some guys around in hopes of making a difference. But it still might not be enough to matter.

You can read the full preview here, and then tell us in the poll below whether we’ve put them in the right spot.

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