New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, who led the team to its only Super Bowl title and, along with quarterback Drew Brees, created one of the NFL’s most successful matchups, has announced his retirement. retired during a press conference on Tuesday.
Payton’s 16-year run with the Saints will be remembered with all wins – 152 games with a win rate of 0.631, fifth highest among current coaches and a tall mark for a franchise rich in history – but also his tenacious attitude towards the league and the rules that govern how the game is enforced.
Payton suspended without pay for 2012 season for his role in a scheme to pay players to hurt opponents and remove them from the game, a scandal known as Bountygate. It was the first time the NFL had suspended a coach, and Payton had to pay more than $7 million, while the team was fined $500,000 and lost two draft picks in the second round.
Payton, 58, also entered the tournament in 2019 after the Saints lost their NFC championship match, partly because of the refereeing can’t call what appears to be a defensive line intervention about Rams full-back Nickell Robey-Coleman. Beyond that season, Payton has successfully lobbied other teams to make pass interference a replayable play.
He has served as a member of the federation’s competition committee, which reviews rules, technology, game day operations and player protection, since 2017, but he resigned during group this season.
Payton made eight trips to the post-season, setting a 9-8 record, including a win over the Indianapolis Colts in the 2009 Super Bowl season. His departure added the Saints to the roster, Now with nine franchises, the teams are looking for a new head coach. Most of the other teams fired their coaches a few weeks ago, prompting them to start interviewing replacements.
According to NFL Network, Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is a leading candidate to take over Payton, and Aaron Glenn, Lions defensive coordinator who coached in New Orleans under Payton from 2016 to 2020 , can also be interviewed. .
Payton’s departure, which comes a year after Brees’ retirement, strikes a balance of power in the NFC South, where the Saints have dominated for years. The future of quarterback Tom Brady’s tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers only adds to the uncertainty.
It is unclear if Payton will retire from coaching, or if he will take a break before finding another assignment. Payton’s name is already in the air as a potential Dallas Cowboys coach, with whom he served as assistant head coach and fullback coach from 2003 to 2005, when Bill Parcells led the way. lead the team.
“I don’t know what’s next,” Payton said of his future. “I don’t like the word retirement. I still have a vision of doing things in football, and honestly, that could be in the coaching business. It may be so, but it’s not where my heart is right now. “
Payton said he will stay in the New Orleans area.
Payton’s departure leaves a huge hole for the team’s owner, Gayle Benson. Payton calls the raids sideline and is involved in most aspects of the team’s football operations, working closely with General Manager Mickey Loomis and Dennis Lauscha, president of both the Saints and the NBA’s Pelicans.
Payton helped turn a franchise largely off with just seven winning seasons before he took over as coach in 2006, the same year that Brees arrived as a free agent from San Diego. Chargers, and a year after New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
“We gave Drew a chance at the time because we weren’t going to win any jumping balls,” Payton said. “In other words, we had to be extreme.”
Brees immediately became the center of the team and lasted 12 consecutive seasons with 4,000 yards or more. He and Payton won 10 games and made the championship in their first year together, and by 2009, after scoring 13-3 in the regular season, had won their first Super Bowl title. the team’s first and only symbol, becoming a symbol of the city’s revitalization.
With Brees gone, the Saints have barely boomed this season, finishing 9-8 and failing to reach the knockout stages. Because of injury, Payton was forced to use four different midfielders, who were generally unable to gather the stats Brees compiled even in his weakest years.
Payton played a season in a quarterback role with the Chicago Bears in 1987.
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