How will New Orleans Saints play without Sean Payton in 2012?

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - As a member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame Selection Committee, I took the opportunity at our annual luncheon on Tuesday to speak with other media members

Les East of the Baton Rouge Advocate believes Sean Payton's absence will have a negative affect on the team.  The big saving grace is quarterback Drew Brees.  Once he's signed, sealed and delivered, East says New Orleans still has a chance.

" Let Drew keep doing what he's been doing and Pete Carmichael, Jr. will be running the offense which he did last year when Sean Payton had the knee injury, I think that's what will keep the team successful."  He added, "The question is whether they'll be as successful as they would have been with Sean there."

Brian Allee-Walsh of WIST-Radio in New Orleans...says the key to the Saints success with or without Sean Payton is quarterback Drew Brees.

"Anytime you've got number nine behind center and he's stays healthy, you've got a fighting chance," stated Allee-Walsh. "I think Pete Carmichael, Steve Spagnulo, Aaron Kromer or Joe Vitt will split the responsibilities and it will be a win win situation."

Bruce Miller retired in 2000 after 50 years in radio and television. The Chicago native who spent most of his broadcasting years in New Orleans...says the Saints will have success in 2012.

"I think the Saints will do alright," Miller said. "They will probably have to out score everybody. I think there's a chance they'll make the playoffs."

We all debated the pros and cons of New Orleans playing the season without Sean Payton and we also debated a number of candidates to be selected into the Saints Hall of Fame.  We elected two new members, names that won't be announced until late May.

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