Saints Get Surprising Update on Sean Payton's Potential NFL Return
The New Orleans Saints have undoubtedly struggled in their first year without Sean Payton at the helm. Given Dennis Allen's obvious shortcomings as a head coach and Payton's hints at returning to the sidelines, there's speculation about a potential reunion in 2023.
Now a new rumor adds fuel to that fire.
Sean Payton News
Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com reports Payton could end up back in New Orleans "if things go sideways" down the stretch. One person close to the former HC even pegged the Saints as the No. 1 landing spot for Payton if he returns to the NFL next season.
This certainly adds a ton of intrigue to the situation. Allen has been just as unimpressive as the last time he was a head coach, and it feels like the coaching staff is holding this team back from its best self. However, Allen is also well-respected throughout the organization and the front office obviously envisioned him lasting longer than a year.
Payton is going to be a hot commodity this offseason with a couple of vacancies already around the league and a few more likely to pop up. Contenders would gladly offer the Saints whatever it takes to poach the Super Bowl winner, but the team could eliminate that possibility by reuniting with him.
New Orleans' head-coaching situation will be something to keep a close eye on once the regular season concludes.
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