The Saints Lost This Week So Naturally Sean Payton Possibly Leaving At The End Of The Year Is News Again
Yahoo- "If [Renee Benson] gets control of the team, a lot of people [in the franchise] are worried that she could fire everyone who has been loyal to Tom," the league source said.
"They're waiting to see what happens."One of those people, the league source said, is Payton, who is loyal to Tom Benson.
"Sean has some outs in his deal," the source said. "If there is an ownership change, he has an out. He has some other outs, too. There would be a lot of interest in him – maybe four or five other teams would be interested. … I don't think he's thinking about it right now. He's not pursuing anything. I think he wants to see what happens like everyone else. But considering everything, if I put a percentage on whether he'd be the Saints coach next year, I'd say [it's] 50-50."
The NFL Network reported Sunday that the team "would be inclined to let Payton explore other opportunities" regardless of any change in ownership.
I got to be honest, it's kind of exhausting talking about whether or not Sean Payton will be back with the New Orleans Saints next year. Mostly because it's only news when the Saints are struggling. How convenient just one day after the Saints dropped a home game to one of the worst teams in the NFL that we are once again discussing the possibility of his departure. Didn't hear about it when the Saints were in the middle of a three game winning streak. Didn't hear about it before the Titans game when it appeared the Saints had a very favorable schedule and were poised to go on a potential playoff run. Only heard it after the Saints lost to the lowly Bucs and Drew Brees was out for an indefinite amount of time. Maybe heard it once again when they got blown off the planet by the Philadelphia Eagles. I just don't think it's a coincidence that the Saints have hit another low point and all the sudden it's "50/50" whether or not their long time Head Coach will be returning.
Listen, I have a special place in my heart for what Sean Payton means to the city of New Orleans and what he's brought to the Saints franchise. However, it's extremely difficult to properly convey that immediately following a gut wrenching loss. The more I have to talk it the less I seem to care. Not because I think he is a bad coach, but because I don't think he is the GREAT coach he was a few years back. He's still capable of leading this team, but I am not sure he's irreplaceable, and no coach that isn't irreplaceable should be getting this much attention DURING a season. You won't hear me complain if Sean Payton is still here next year. Barring a complete and utter collapse he deserves to leave on his own terms. On the other hand, you probably won't see me shed a tear if he decides to leave. He still shows flashes of being the young, fiery young coach that took NFL defenses by storm, but they have been surprisingly few and far between. Whether that has to do with the talent level on the offensive side of the ball I don't know. What I do know is that we are in year nine of his tenure and he fielded an NFL caliber defense just twice with once being the Super Bowl winning season. Like it or not those failures are on him too, and this team has failed far more than it has succeeded the last few seasons. Maybe it's better for both parties involved if they split, maybe it's not, but can we just wait until the end of this mediocre season before we concern ourselves with that decision? This team is too damn frustrating in the present to be worried about its coach's future.