Saints' Offense Proves Why Sean Payton is NFL's Coach of the Year

The New Orleans Saints' offense is proving why head coach Sean Payton is the NFL's Coach of the Year.
The New Orleans Saints' offense is proving why head coach Sean Payton is the NFL's Coach of the Year. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The last time that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton won the NFL Coach of the Year award came in 2006. But, in his first year of the post-Drew Brees era, Payton and his offense are making a case for the one-time Super Bowl Champion head coach to bring home the award once again in 2021.

New Orleans looked convincing in a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots in Week 3, moving the team to 2-1 on the year. Diving into the stats, it's been the red zone offense (particularly goal to go situations) leading the way. There's no better way to explain this than brilliant play calling.

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Through the first three weeks of the 2021 season, the Saints' offense has struggled across the board. In fact, New Orleans ranks just 31st in passing offense (113.7 yards per game) and in total offense (234.0 yards per game).

But, when New Orleans reaches goal to go situations, there's no better than in the NFL. The Saints lead the league with a perfect 6 touchdowns in six goal-to-go attempts, and second in red zone after converting 8 touchdowns on nine total opportunities.

Currently, Payton ranks sixth in the league with his +1600 odds to win Coach of the Year, according to NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. If New Orleans keeps converting in the red zone at an insane clip, and winning ball games, those odds will soar.

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