After moving away from the sidelines after the 2021 season, a celebrity coach is rolling his eyes at two teams to coach next season.
Sean Payton is reportedly looking at the Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals as candidates he would coach in 2023.
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The former New Orleans Saints head coach is looking forward to those teams, as their short- and long-term quarterback positions with Justin Herbert and Kyler Murray appear to be fully intact. Murray recently signed a five-year extension, while Herbert is on the third season of his rookie contract, but it’s hard to imagine the Chargers would let the former Sixth Set get away.
There is an issue for both Los Angeles and Arizona though that Payton, despite not coaching, is still technically under contract by the Saints. So, any team potentially holding him back should give the Saints some kind of compensation — the 58-year-old has two years left on his deal.
Payton had previously said he would be happy to return to training next season, “if the right situation arises”.
Payton resigned as Saints coach in January, saying coaching was “not where my heart is right now”. But he did not rule out returning.
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“I still had a vision of doing things in football,” Payton said at the time. “And I’ll be honest with you, this might be a drill again at some point.”
Payton began his head coaching career with the Saints in 2006 after serving as an assistant coach for several other major league teams. With the addition of free agent Drew Brees, Payton led New Orleans to its first playoff appearance in six years with a 10-6 record and a division title in its inaugural season.
Just four years later, he would lead New Orleans to the team’s first Super Bowl victory by defeating the Indianapolis Colts.
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In his fifteen seasons as head coach, Payton has achieved a record of 152-89 in the regular season and a record of 9-8 in the postseason.
The Saints collected seven NFC South titles under Payton.