"We have as good a chance as anybody," Brees recently told Tom Pelissero of USA Today.
"We still have a lot of work to do. But I know this: We are an extremely well-coached football team. We've got one of the best head coaches in the league, Sean Payton. ... Why not the New Orleans Saints? Tell me why we can't win the championship."
We never believed the Saints were a legitimate contender last season.
The offense was too reliant on Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles, as wide receivers accounted for a mere 37 percent of Brees' passing yards. The defense was improved, but still not on par with Seattle and San Francisco.
That's not the only change. The Saints boast several young players ready to "Make the Leap," including running back Khiry Robinson, wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Kenny Vaccaro and defensive end Akiem Hicks.
Brees is correct. This roster is Super Bowl-ready.