Sean Payton shocked NFL betting fans when he announced in January he was leaving his post as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.
This wasn’t a retirement but a period to take a deep breath and recharge.
Payton will work as an analyst for FOX Sports for the 2022 season but expect him back on the sidelines as early as 2023. He recently told USA Today he’d be coaching again soon but didn’t indicate where or when.
Payton coached the Saints from 2006-21, accumulating a 161-97 record with a Super Bowl championship. There will be suitors when Payton is ready to return.
Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has projected NFL odds as to where Payton makes his coaching return.
The Bears just hired Matt Eberflus to run the show for 2022. It’s looking like another down season in Chicago, but the Bears will be flush with cap space in 2023 with a young QB at the helm.
The heartstrings may tug a little if this opportunity was there; Payton went to high school in suburban Chicago and played college ball at Eastern Illinois.
The Seahawks are very unlikely to fire current coach Pete Carroll, but at age 71, the time may be coming when he decides to go out on his own terms – especially if it becomes apparent Seattle is in the early stages of a rebuild.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers just hired Todd Bowles to replace Bruce Arians, who moves to the front office. Bowles is the guy with the headset but Tom Brady is the guy here.
Rumors ran during the off-season he planned to join Sean Payton in Miami before things fell apart. There’s a mutual admiration there, and if Brady and Bowles don’t connect this season, the Bucs may get proactive.
There is a mutual admiration between Payton and the Cowboys. Jerry Jones has made clear his respect for the former Saints head, and Payton has strong Texas connections, including three seasons as associate head coach/QB coach. Dallas is in win-now mode; if it doesn’t meet expectations, Mike McCarthy may not get the fourth year – especially if Payton makes it clear he wants back on the sidelines.
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule is the favorite to be the first coach fired at most online sportsbooks. Panthers brass would have little qualms spending top dollar on getting Payton back in the NFC South via Charlotte.
The Field has several possibilities of coaches perhaps on their final year of proving themselves, including Frank Reich in Indianapolis, Ron Rivera in Washington, and even Kevin Stefanski in Cleveland.
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