METAIRIE, La. — For much of the past seven seasons, the New Orleans Saints’ offense has sat either at or near the top in the league’s rankings.
That’s due, in no small part, to the magisterial creativity of coach Sean Payton, the team’s resident offensive genius. It’s also due to the consistency and excellence of quarterback Drew Brees.
Both are back in 2013.
In other words, expect more of the same because, well, no one has figured out how to completely shut them down.
The offense won’t look much different than what you’re used to seeing.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a drastic evolution, there are certain things that you do that you do well and it’s second nature,” Brees said Tuesday after the team’s first minicamp practice. “You feel like within the framework of that concept we have answers for everything.”
Since 2006, when Payton and Brees both relocated to 5800 Airline Drive, the Saints’ offense hasn’t ranked worse than No. 6 at the end of a season. Four times New Orleans has finished with the No. 1 offense in regard to total yards.
And in 5 of 7 seasons, New Orleans has finished in the top five in scoring, ending atop that category in both 2008 and 2009 while finishing second in 2011 and third in 2012.
That largely has to do with tweaks Payton, Brees and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael make to plays.
So, while opponents may recognize a play in some sort of way, they don’t know what new wrinkle has been thrown in.
It’s what makes this team so successful.
“Every offseason you find new little tweaks and wrinkles and not all of it sticks,” Brees said. “Sometimes you try something and you say this isn’t us and other things you try and you say this can help us in the right situation and right gameplan.”