Saints head coach Sean Payton came to New Orleans at one of the lowest points in the franchise's history. Hurricane Katrina had racked the city, and the team spent the 2005 season playing every game on the road. New Orleans finished that year with a 3-13 record that cost former head coach Jim Haslett his job. The team took a chance and hired Payton, who had spent the 2005 season as the assistant head coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. The new head coach made a franchise-changing decision to sign free-agent quarterback Drew Brees, and both men ended up changing the perception of the Saints in the league. Payton instantly turned the team around, finishing his inaugural season in 2006 with a 10-6 record and a trip to the...
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