METAIRIE, La. Sean Payton has decided that he will step down from theESPN confirmed that the coach has been fired after 16 years.
The source stated that Payton is not retiring completely but would like to rest after 16 years as Saints' coach.
Payton's next move is not yet clear. ESPN sources tell ESPN that television networks have expressed interest in hiring Payton.
NFL Network first reported Payton's decision.
After signing his 2019 extension, Payton (58) still has three years left on his contract with the Saints. The Saints will retain his rights should he choose to return to coaching, and could also require compensation if he wishes to coach for another team.
After Drew Brees' retirement, the Saints will begin a new era. While Payton's potential replacements could include Dennis Allen (defensive coordinator) and Pete Carmichael Jr. (offensive coordinator), New Orleans will definitely explore options beyond the building.
Payton was the Saints' winningest coach and an NFL great offensive mind. Brees and Payton arrived together in 2006, and New Orleans won the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.
According to Pro Football Reference Payton is tied 21st in NFL history, with 152 career victories. His career record stands at 152-89 (.631 win percentage), which does not include his lengthy suspension in 2012 for the league's bounty investigation. Payton is currently 9-8 in the playoffs.
According to Elias Sports Bureau Payton is first among all coach/team combinations with at least five seasons, in terms of both points and yards (27.6 per match)
The Saints failed to make the playoffs in the fifth season, with a record of 9-8 in 2021. It was, however, one of Payton’s most remarkable coaching jobs given Brees' retirement. A roster that was depleted due to major injuries and salary-cap cuts as well COVID-19 issues; and an evacuation to Dallas during the first month.
Payton admitted how exhausting the season was during Week 18.
“This stretch has been exhausting. But it's one of those times where you just keep going. [next task]. Payton stated that nothing surprises him. Payton said that it felt like two and half years ago when we evacuated Dallas from Hurricane Irene. It doesn't seem like that's part this season.
“I'm trying think of a good word to describe it. You have a certain standard or temperament that news is expected to meet. It keeps coming in via texts or in meetings. Then it gets more and more difficult because the hits keep coming in the side. You have to smile, bow down and be ready for the next challenge.
Payton started his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles as a quarterbacks coach.From 1997-98, before becoming a quarterback coach and offensive coordinator with The From 1999 to 2002, an assistant coach/passing coordinator with the From 2003 to 2005
Payton's long-term success in New Orleans was rare in today's NFL. Only Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots' quarterback, has been with his team for longer than Payton. Payton also had four seasons with Saints that saw him win 11 or more games in his second decade. Only three other coaches did that during the Super Bowl era: Tom Landry (eight), Belichick (9), and Don Shula (6).