Sean Payton Expects to Return to Coaching

By: The Trend Wire

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Sean Payton, the former head coach of the New Orleans Saints, said to USA Today's Jarrett Bell on Tuesday

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that he'll probably go back to coaching at some point. Payton will serve as a studio analyst for Fox Sports during the upcoming NFL season.

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"Do I believe I'll be allowed back in the end? Sure, "said he. "It's impossible to say who that club might be in advance.

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There are typically six opportunities every year. If there is a good fit someplace, it will ultimately depend on a number of variables."

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We'll take care of it when the time comes, he continued.

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Payton, 58, retired from the New Orleans Saints this offseason after serving as the team's head coach for 15 years

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In 2009, he oversaw the team's 152-89 record, nine playoff berths, and Super Bowl victory.

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During his career, he was regarded as one of the best offensive brains in football

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and if he were to resume coaching, he would be the first choice for any teams with openings.

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The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Chargers were among the teams that the longstanding Saints head coach would be interested in

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a source close to Payton said to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald last week. The Cowboys are led by Mike McCarthy

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the Chargers are led by second-year head coach Brandon Staley, and the Dolphins are led by first-year head coach Mike McDaniel.

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If Payton decides to return to coaching next season, it's difficult to picture the Dolphins firing McDaniel after just one campaign

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but a poor season for either the Cowboys or Chargers—two teams with lots of talent on the roster—could result in a coaching change.

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If Payton does go back to coaching, it's difficult to see him doing it for a team without a roster capable of contending

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He has a job with Fox Sports to satisfy his football appetite for the time being, but the market will ultimately define his alternatives in the upcoming years