3 Most Likely Replacements for Sean Payton

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely New Orleans Saints head coaching replacements for Sean Payton.
Three of the most likely New Orleans Saints head coaching replacements for Sean Payton. / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages

It looks to be an end of an era in New Orleans as head coach Sean Payton has informed the Saints that he is stepping away. Payton has been leading the team since 2006 and accrued a .631 record during the regular season. He also guided the Saints to an exciting Super Bowl title back in 2009.

Finding the right person to fill Payton's shoes is going to be no easy task for this front office. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely New Orleans head coaching replacements for Sean Payton.

Saints Head Coach

1. Dennis Allen

Dennis Allen
Hiring an in-house candidate like Dennis Allen is always an option. / Jonathan Bachman/GettyImages

The likeliest replacement for Payton has to be current Saints' defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. Allen has been getting some head coaching looks and recently interviewed with the Chicago Bears. It's likely that he would want to stay in New Orleans if possible, though. He has been a part of this organization for seven seasons and has forged countless relationships with players in the locker room. When Payton tested positive for COVID-19 during the 2021 season, Allen took over for a Sunday night game against the Buccaneers. The Saints won that game by a score of 9-0 and looked unstoppable on defense. The 49-year-old's last head coaching gig did not go well, but giving Allen second shot at it seems like an easy decision here.

2. Brian Flores

Brian Flores
Brian Flores' experience as a head coach could come in handy. / Mark Brown/GettyImages

A majority of NFL fans were shocked to learn that Brian Flores was fired by the Miami Dolphins after leading the team to back-to-back winning seasons. The 40-year-old's experience simply cannot be overlooked. He knows what it takes to run a winning football team and has coached in all three phases of the game (offense, defense, special teams). The Saints finished last season with a record of 9-8 despite suffering a number of different injuries. That proves that they are on the brink of being a legitimate postseason threat. Having Flores lead the way could attract a few big free agents to sign, too. After all, reports claim quarterback DeShaun Watson loves the idea of playing for him.

3. Eric Bieniemy

Eric Bieniemy
New Orleans could be the city to finally hire Eric Bieniemy as HC. / David Eulitt/GettyImages

Eric Bieniemy is a name that has been floating around the head coaching market for a while now and for good reason. The Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator has helped morph the team into a flat-out powerhouse. In fact, Bieniemy's offense has finished amongst the top six highest scoring units in each of his four seasons as OC. The 52-year-old would have to be enticed by an offense that features the likes of running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas. Keep in mind that Bieniemy was born in New Orleans and spent the first 10 years of his life in the Big Easy. The idea of coming back home could be enough to sway him into taking the job.

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