Officially Tom Benson owns and runs the New Orleans Saints.
Unofficially it’s Drew Brees’ team.
Three years after Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton made the prescient decision to sign Brees, he clearly has become more than just a franchise quarterback. He’s the franchise.
Loomis and Payton call the shots. Benson signs the checks. But Brees is the face and force of the organization. No Saint in the 43-year history of the franchise has brokered more power.