January 25, 2022

Sean Payton Quits as Saints Coach: After 16 seasons, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has announced he's leaving the job. Payton took over a franchise so woe begotten that it took 34 years to win a playoff game. He convinced Drew Brees to sign as a free agent a few months into the job and led the Saints to 161 wins, including Super Bowl 0x2C.

posted by rcade to football at 03:04 PM - 7 comments

CBS sports is reporting that Saints head coach Sean Payton is now ex-head coach. Next stop, Dallas?

posted by NoMich at 02:01 PM on January 25, 2022

Payton was empowered to make the decisions necessary to elevate the Saints to a contender. He's an excellent judge of talent and molds his systems around the players he acquires. Also one of the best at in-game adjustments that the league has seen.

He could not be successful in Dallas due to the culture and structure of that organization. There is always the possibility he is willing to coach another year or 2 and gets blinded by the money he would pull from the Cowboys. But I really think he'd want a situation where he has a chance to win if he returns.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:31 PM on January 25, 2022

I wonder if he could turn Jacksonville around. If not, nobody could.

posted by rcade at 05:29 PM on January 25, 2022

Thinking Payton is a little deep in his career to take on the Jags but he'd be awesome there. Jags ideal fit? Jim Harbaugh.

I did not agree with the draft of Lawrence over talent available at other positions but the guy has some skills and qualities that can be built upon. Plug a few of the holes with a decent draft class and they could be competitive 2 years down the road. The build part is key ... abandon the quick fix / superstar solution idea and invest in longer term success.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:24 PM on January 25, 2022

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It'll be interesting to see how Payton fares in the broadcasting business. Apparently he's got some potential there.

But if so, I hope he strives to become his own true self as an announcer or analyst and isn't coached to cop someone else's shtick.

It's annoying when announcers who aren't Tony Romo try to cook up their own Nostradamus routine with pre-snap play predictions. They are hopelessly off the mark 99% of the time. You would think their producer would eventually tell them to stop it.

posted by beaverboard at 10:21 PM on January 25, 2022

Saints head coach Sean Payton is now ex-head coach. Next stop, Dallas?

No one can go from New Orleans to Dallas without the express consent of Oliver Stone and the House Select Committee on Assassinations.

posted by beaverboard at 10:26 PM on January 25, 2022

Man, I'd love to see him in Miami. He could pull in a fantastic staff, and he's used to dealing with a smaller guy at QB with less-than-elite arm strength, but good accuracy.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:30 AM on January 26, 2022

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