The Saints have a quality core, even without coach Sean Payton

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In tonight's ED-itorial:  the Saints offseason, mired in controversy, ends and training camp kicks off.

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma could learn his fate in court as early as tomorrow when he asks for a restraining order from a federal judge to get back on the field.

Sean Payton is suspended until the day after the Super Bowl.

How much will the Saints miss Payton? The debate will continue throughout this season. Especially when that first big decision by Joe Vitt, or his replacement the first six games, backfires.

Sean Payton was right a lot more than he was wrong. For instance, his call for an onside kick to start the second half of the Super Bowl win over the Colts was gutsy, squared.

We know this for sure: without Payton, the Saints will not collapse. Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis have assembled a quality core, led by a hall of fame quarterback. If the Saints win big in 2012, Payton will likely get very little of the credit.

But he should.

In six years in New Orleans, Sean Payton has taken a page from author Jim Collins: the first thing to do is always make sure the best people are on the bus.

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