Sean Payton expects to return, but says “there’s no way to predict” where

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Long-time Saints coach Sean Payton isn’t coaching this year. It’s widely believed he’ll be back next year.

Speaking to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, Payton did nothing to push back on the idea of an eventual return.

“Ultimately, do I think I’ll get back in? Sure,” Payton told Bell.

So where?

“There’s no way to predict who that club might be,” Payton said. “Usually, there are about six openings every year. If there’s a right fit somewhere, that ultimately will depend on several factors.”

A recent report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, citing an unnamed source close to Payton, floated the Cowboys, Dolphins, and Chargers “among others” as potential destinations for Payton in 2023. The report listed the biggest of Payton’s “several” factors: (1) warm weather; (2) competitive roster; and (3) full control over personnel.

“We’ll deal with it when the time comes,” Payton said regarding a return to coaching.

As Payton said, there are roughly six openings every year. The carousel officially starts to spin when the firings are made. Unofficially, however, owners begin lining up their options before releasing the bird in the hand, requirements of the Rooney Rule be damned.

Thus, there will be plenty of things happening behind the scenes that (ideally for Payton and his potential next team) we won’t know about. In January 2019, things were happening behind the scenes that nearly resulted in Payton becoming coach of the Cowboys. In January 2022, things were happening behind the scenes that nearly resulted in Payton becoming coach of the Dolphins.

It’s crystal clear that Payton is in play for 2023. Owners who may be thinking about making a change that consists of firing the current coach and hiring Payton will have reason to make things happen behind the scenes that will result in Payton becoming the head coach in January 2023.

44 responses to “Sean Payton expects to return, but says “there’s no way to predict” where

  1. The guy had Drew Brees and could only manage a single SB appearance? Why are owners clamoring for this guy ?

  2. Several factors, must have been off on his math. He meant several million factors

  3. I, for one, would be interested in seeing what he could accomplish with Justin Herbert.
    However, their current coach would have to spectacularly fail to be fired after this season. Same for the Dolphins who don’t even know yet what they have in their brand new coach.
    And if Jerrah wants Payton bad enough, he’ll give him the control he wants. How could he not? Jones hasn’t done one thing while running the entire show since Jimmy left.

  4. Completely agree with nhpats2011 above. While I am not as impressed with Bees as some, he is hall of fame bound and in 16 years Payton had 1 Super Bowl appearance and his record is amazingly similar to Mike McCarthy who everyone thinks is a bum. Actually McCarthy has slightly better playoff success. And so far Rodgers hasn’t lit it up in the playoffs with his new coach either, so it’s not that McCarthy was wasting Rodgers.

  5. Jerrah won’t give up control in Dallas. His EGO won’t allow it.

  6. Why would anyone want him? Drew Brees made his career. He quit after one season without him. Belichick could have done the same, but he’s still hanging in there. Major difference.

  7. Forgetting the fact the Saints still own his rights. Whoever wants him will have to pay a steep price in terms of draft picks.

  8. Gotta love the trolls and haters on Payton here. What they will never understand is that his impact was far more than wins and losses (which, with a .Lombardi, a .630 winning percentage AND a winning playoff record and 7 division titles at a time when ALL the other teams in the division made a Super Bowl appearance)

    He came here during a time when nobody wanted to be here and brought a culture of success we’ve never experienced including a Super Bowl title.

    He was suspended for a witch-hunt and came back and brought us to the playoffs immediately. He rebuilt the team after a few years of struggle and made us one of the winningest teams in football between 2017-2021.

    He was robbed of another title in 2018 and suffered as one of the most targeted coaches (penalties) in the league that definitely effected his ability to get to another Super Bowl.

    He coached a decimated team to 9 wins with 4 QBs and during a game against the Dolphins that was a mockery of the sport.

    All the while he never phoned it in. He gave his heart and his passion to the city and brought unprecedented success to one of the smallest markets in professional sports.

    What else does he owe the Saints?

    What else does he owe New Orleans?

    He’s not our coach anymore. He’s moved on to something else. Just like Drew, just like all of our legends.

    He didn’t quit on us. He gave more than anyone else ever has.

  9. He did wonders for the saints and the city of new orleans. He made the saints strong team for most of his years with the saints. The only issues I have with him going back into coaching (for anyone other than the saints) is his statement/promise to the city that he would remain with the saints as long as new orleans wanted him. The other issue is I can understand retirement from coaching but not just to ” unretire” 2 years later to go to another team. Those factors both cheapen his integrity. If you aren’t good for your word, you’re not much good for anything else.

  10. Anyone who questions the worth of Payton to a team obviously has not seen the movie “Home Team” (streaming on Netflix) that chronicles how Payton spent his year in exile for Bountygate, leading his son’s youth league team to the North Texas state championship game. I won’t spoil the ending, but this film is so accurate down to the most minor details, it is practically a documentary (just not actual footage). Check it out if you get a chance. The man clearly knows how to overcome adversity.

  11. bobcobb301 says:
    July 19, 2022 at 7:04 pm
    New England if Belichick retires?

    ********

    Won’t happen til he passes Shula.

  12. The NFL is the poster child for recycling. It’s the same coaches on different teams every year!

  13. mackcarrington says: Jerrah hasn’t done one thing while running the entire show since Jimmy left.

    Are you sure about that?
    Jerry’s been far from perfect, slimy at times, etc and I’d be happier if he did hire a dedicated GM. However, since their last Super Bowl the Cowboys have 13 seasons > .500, 5 seasons at .500 and 8 seasons at < .500. Their cumulative record over that span is 222 – 197. Not spectacular and certainly could be better, but much better than many other teams.
    Say what you want about Jerry but he absolutely wants to win. He's also turned the Cowboys into the highest valued sports franchise in the world – not exactly "hasn't done one thing since running the entire show".

  14. Sean looked at Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston and suddenly realized his win/lose record as a HC was about to take a major hit… HC success is measured by win/lose and he wisely got out before all the losing and the sleepless nights looking for the next winner at QB!

  15. Just seems like one of those coaches who benefited from having better GM’s. Always had great players, soon as things weren’t so easy he peaced out.

  16. Highest value team means nothing, unless Jerry is cutting you in on a piece of the action. Just win baby.

  17. Chiefs win the sb this year and Reid retires on top. Hands reigns over to his good friend Sean payton in 2023 to coach the best team in the nfl

  18. Don’t care where put that team pays a ton in capital to get him. Saints should get value or make them wait another season.

  19. tyelee says:
    July 19, 2022 at 8:57 pm
    Sean looked at Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston and suddenly realized his win/lose record as a HC was about to take a major hit… HC success is measured by win/lose and he wisely got out before all the losing and the sleepless nights looking for the next winner at QB!

    ——————————————-

    Hill was 20-6, and Winston was 5-2, as starters under Payton. So what was your point again?

  20. Unless Mike McCarthy learns to coach, he’s heading to Dallas. Probably already has a handshake deal with Jones. All that’s left to do is underachieve with McCarthy again, make a mockery of the Rooney Rule again, and then he’s in.

  21. If you’re not from here you don’t understand.
    To you, it was “only” one Super Bowl but to us it meant way more.
    You’ll never understand.

  22. If a team know exactly who they want to hire as a head coach it is silly that they are forced to interview someone because of some “rule”.

  23. domefieldadvantage says:
    July 19, 2022 at 7:10 pm
    Gotta love the trolls and haters on Payton here. What they will never understand is that his impact was far more than wins and losses (which, with a .Lombardi, a .630 winning percentage AND a winning playoff record and 7 division titles at a time when ALL the other teams in the division made a Super Bowl appearance)

    He came here during a time when nobody wanted to be here and brought a culture of success we’ve never experienced including a Super Bowl title.

    He was suspended for a witch-hunt and came back and brought us to the playoffs immediately. He rebuilt the team after a few years of struggle and made us one of the winningest teams in football between 2017-2021.

    He was robbed of another title in 2018 and suffered as one of the most targeted coaches (penalties) in the league that definitely effected his ability to get to another Super Bowl.

    He coached a decimated team to 9 wins with 4 QBs and during a game against the Dolphins that was a mockery of the sport.

    All the while he never phoned it in. He gave his heart and his passion to the city and brought unprecedented success to one of the smallest markets in professional sports.

    What else does he owe the Saints?

    What else does he owe New Orleans?

    He’s not our coach anymore. He’s moved on to something else. Just like Drew, just like all of our legends.

    He didn’t quit on us. He gave more than anyone else ever has.

    ———

    In other words he had a single SB appearance ……. So did a lot of guys

  24. Anyone who thinks he’s going to Dallas has a very short memory. Think back to Bill Parcells. Similar resume as Payton, but better. He’s the only coach in NFL history to lead 4 different franchises to the playoffs and three to the conference championship. Even with that resume, he had limited control over the roster. There’s no way Jerry Jones is going to give Sean Payton that kind of control.

  25. domefieldadvantage says:
    July 19, 2022 at 10:25 pm
    tyelee says:
    July 19, 2022 at 8:57 pm
    Sean looked at Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston and suddenly realized his win/lose record as a HC was about to take a major hit… HC success is measured by win/lose and he wisely got out before all the losing and the sleepless nights looking for the next winner at QB!

    ——————————————-

    Hill was 20-6, and Winston was 5-2, as starters under Payton. So what was your point again?

    —————————————————————————–

    In simplest form for you, Saints are lucky they had a good defense because neither of those QBs are the reason for those wins but rather in spite of….

  26. I don’t get the fuss over Payton. He has basically the same record as Mike McCarthy and wasted a Hall of Fame quarterback the same way McCarthy wasted Rodgers in Green Bay.

  27. watchoutnfl says:
    July 19, 2022 at 8:35 pm
    mackcarrington says: Jerrah hasn’t done one thing while running the entire show since Jimmy left.

    Are you sure about that?
    Jerry’s been far from perfect, slimy at times, etc and I’d be happier if he did hire a dedicated GM. However, since their last Super Bowl the Cowboys have 13 seasons > .500, 5 seasons at .500 and 8 seasons at < .500. Their cumulative record over that span is 222 – 197. Not spectacular and certainly could be better, but much better than many other teams.
    Say what you want about Jerry but he absolutely wants to win. He's also turned the Cowboys into the highest valued sports franchise in the world – not exactly "hasn't done one thing since running the entire show".

    ______________________________

    You want to give credit for Jerry being better than average. That was never the standard in Dallas, which held the majority of records for success when Jerry bought the team. Dallas fans had endured what seemed like an eternity of playoff futility when Jones took over. It was actually about a decade. That's nothing compared to the what has been an unprecedented (for Dallas) 25 years of mediocrity since 1995.

    Also, Tex Schramm turned Dallas into America's Team. Not Jerry. But Jerry deserves credit for building on that.

  28. The Texans could be a landing spot for Payton.

    Warm weather – check

    Competitive Roster – should be after 2023 draft and for sure after the 2024 draft – check

    Complete control over players is the only hurdle!

    Lovie Smith better have a good, not great, defense with the Texans this year or he may be one and done in Houston!

  29. I think he could end up in Miami. The Dolphins have built a talented roster and will grow impatient with McDaniel if he doesn’t win right away. That said, I’ll be rooting for McDaniel to succeed. I’m not a Dolphin fan, but I am a McDaniel fan.

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