Sean Payton interested in NFL coaching return: ‘The right situation’

Many professional athletes feel the itch to return to the field after they retire – and some do.

It’s no different for coaches. Just ask Sean Payton.

Payton, who has been at Fox Sports this season after stepping down from his coaching job at New Orleans Saints in January, said he would be interested in returning to coach the NFL chief in 2023 if that was the “right situation.”

If the right situation comes up, I’d definitely be interested,” Payton said on the NewOrleans.Football podcast, which was published on Wednesday. “And there’s no utopia, if you will, when it comes to teams, but if I feel that’s the right situation, I’d be interested in that. All that said, it could come in a year, it could come in a couple of years.”

Payton, who led the Saints to a Super Bowl title with a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, has a career record of 152-89 (with a win ratio of 0.631), not including his all-season suspension in 2012 who has a 9-8 playoff record. The Saints, who knocked out 1-1, have hired Payton’s defense coordinator Dennis Allen as their next head coach.

Sean Payton
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The 58-year-old Payton said he would need to share the same vision with team ownership and the front office.

“The most important component is functional ownership [and] Front office…because there are quite a few teams that aren’t, and those teams, no matter what happens, can win on Sunday but they have a hard time winning in the long run,” he said. “The chance to win consistently and the desire to build the right culture and all of these The things.”

Payton, who was New Orleans coach for 16 seasons, will have two seasons left on his contract with the Saints after the 2022 season. This means that if he is to get a job coaching the NFL next season, his new team will have to make up for the Saints.

Payton said he was enjoying his Fox Sports party, but felt pulled back to the sidelines while watching the Saints-Buccaneers Week 2 game, which Tampa Bay won 20-10.

“Last weekend’s game against Tampa was the first time I had a copy of FOMO [fear of missing out],” he said. “I was jealous of everyone who was there, including Bruce Aryan on the sidelines.”

The 69-year-old Aryan, who quit the Buccaneers coach pre-season to become senior assistant general manager Jason Licht, was on the sidelines in Sunday’s game and drew an NFL warning for his behavior.

Payton said working in television allows him to recharge his batteries, similar to 2012 when he was suspended for a season by the NFL as a result of a league award investigation. The movie “Home Team” – starring Kevin James – was based on Payton’s life coaching his son’s football team during the one-year ban.

“I hope, I’m pretty sure of that [time away from the game] Payton said.

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