Ex-Saints Coach Sean Payton Interested in NFL Return Next Year

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton in 2021
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton in 2021. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/Shutterstock (12612446bg)

Former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton isn’t planning to stay away from the game for too long. In a recent interview, Payton admitted that he would be interested in returning to NFL next season if the situation was right.

Payton stepped away as the Saints’ head coach earlier this year after spending 15 years on the job and leading the franchise to its first Super Bowl. He is now working as an analyst for Fox Sport, but it appears that the broadcasting is just a temporary side gig for the 57-year-old coach.

Speaking with NewOrleans.Football, Payton said he would take a head coaching job next year or the year after that if he “felt like it was the right situation.”

“If the right situation presented itself, I would definitely be interested,” Payton said on the NewOrleans.Football podcast, which was posted Wednesday. “And there’s no utopia, if you will, when it comes to teams, but if I felt like it was the right situation, I would have an interest in that. That all being said, that could come in a year, that could come in two years.”

Since leaving the Saints, Sean Payton has been frequently mentioned as the favorite for the head coaching position with the Dallas Cowboys if the team decides to fire Mike McCarthy. Payton previously spent three seasons with the franchise (2003–2005), working as an assistant head coach & quarterbacks coach under Bill Parcells.

Payton has a 152-89 head coaching record and is 9-8 in the playoffs. He made the playoffs nine times with the Saints and won a Super Bowl in 2009.

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