There are few constants in the ever-turbulent NFL landscape. Among the few things we can assume on a yearly basis: the New Orleans Saints will be pretty darn good on offense. As long as Drew Brees is the quarterback in New Orleans and Sean Payton is the coach, we can feel fairly certain the Saints will produce on offense, and in doing so will always be positioned to fight for a postseason berth.
But an elite offense, as we've seen, isn't enough to consistently compete for the Super Bowl.
It's an old cliché that offense wins games and defense wins championships. How true that cliché might be remains open to debate. I don't think it's a coincidence, though, that the Saints defense actually provided value in 2009, the year the team won the Super Bowl. While the defense wasn't much better that year than in any other season in recent memory -- in some ways, it was even worse -- that unit did manage to succeed in one key defensive category: creating turnovers.
In order to find themselves once again playing in the big game in 2014, the Saints defense will need to contribute in a positive way once again. And after adding several key pieces in the offseason, the Saints look as strong on defense as they've been in years. With strong units on both sides of the ball, the Saints will be genuine Super Bowl contenders in 2014.
We know why New Orleans is so good on offense. Let's take a closer look at why they could be great on D this coming season.