One of the big head coaching questions around the NFL has been answered. According to Ian Rapoport, Sean Payton has informed the New Orleans Saints that he will step away from his head coaching job with the team.
Sources: Sean Payton has informed the #Saints that he’s stepping away.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 25, 2022
Payton started his coaching career in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles as a Quarterbacks coach, and later with the New York Giants as Offensive Coordinator. In 2006, he was offered the head coaching job of the Saints, after being the associate head coach in Dallas, and with the signing of Drew Brees, a new era was formed in the franchise’s history.
Payton leaves the Saints with one Super Bowl ring and 9 playoff appearances in 15 years.
According to Mike Triplett from ESPN, Payton will not be coaching again anytime soon and a press conference will be held in the next hours.
I can confirm via source that Sean Payton is stepping away from coaching. Press conference expected this afternoon. https://t.co/2JK6ZsbNbL
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) January 25, 2022
This season, the Saints finished second in the NFC South with a 9-8 record and barely missed the playoffs.