METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees thinks New Orleans' usually prolific offense will return to normal soon, even without suspended coach Sean Payton.
The Saints quarterback remains confident that he and the rest of the unit are going to put up the type of numbers they have for most of the past six years — even if Payton's season-long bounty penalty keeps him from helping to correct mistakes made in a season-opening loss to Washington.
Brees says the penalties, missed assignments, incompletions and dropped passes and that prevented New Orleans' offense from getting into its usual up-tempo rhythm had less to do with coaching than execution by the players.
He says he and his teammates can correct that, and that even in Payton's absence, the Saints have "so many great strengths" to build on.