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Former SAINTS head coach Sean Payton might not be from the sidelines for long.
Throughout a discussion with NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill and Mike Triplett, Payton addressed whether he’ll go back to coaching when the 2023 season, saying, “If the proper situation presented itself, I’d definitely be interested.”
Payton stepped down from his position because the head coach of the Saints following the 2021 campaign and contains been section of Fox’s NFL coverage in the first part of the 2022 season. He said through the interview he has enjoyed what he could be doing.
Still, it had been surprising that probably the most successful head coach in New Orleans history stepped away like he did.
Payton coached the Saints from 2006 through 2021, though he was suspended for the 2012 season due to his role in the Bountygate scandal. While that complicated his legacy, he finished 152-89 with one Super Bowl title and nine playoff appearances.
He remains the Saints’ all-time leader in games coached (241), wins (152), playoff games (17) and playoff wins (nine).
Considering that rsum and his success with Drew Brees among the best coach-quarterback combinations in recent NFL history, teams searching for a head coach next season will certainly be interested.
Payton has been linked to the Dallas Cowboys so often that president and general manager Jerry Jones has even had to react to the speculation during the past.
For the present time, Payton is employed in the media as the Saints compete under head coach Dennis Allen. New Orleans is 1-1 and can go to the Carolina Panthers within an NFC South clash Sunday.