Telepathy was about the only route New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton could use to instruct Drew Brees on how to cure some of his 2012 season passing woes. That didn't work. Payton tried talking to the TV during games, but that didn't work either.

"I would be shouting it on the couch like, 'Hey, well you know. That might be something that I would be saying at that moment over the headset.' So yeah," a resigned Payton said during the NFL owners meetings this week.

Payton knew Brees wasn't the same quarterback last season, much like the Saints weren't the same team as the bounty scandal benched Payton for the season. Brees had a down year by his standards even though many of his statistics would still be a career season for most NFL quarterbacks.

Brees led the league in passing yards (5,177) and passing touchdowns (43) for the second consecutive season. Plus, Brees was the starting quarterback at the Pro Bowl.

But the former Super Bowl MVP saw his completion percentage dip dramatically after completing only 63 percent of his passes in 2012, which ranked 10th in the NFL. He also tied for the league-lead in interceptions with Dallas' Tony Romo (19 picks).

Usually, one could say as Brees goes, the team goes. Payton may not argue against that theory as the erratic 2012 season led to Brees and the Saints finishing 7-9 and missing the postseason for the first time since 2008.

But Payton pointed to two key factors as to why Brees didn't have a Brees-type year.