Former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton retired, but could these three teams lure him back into coaching?
Could Sean Payton ever return to coaching? He has publicly said he wanted to take 2022 away from coaching, but does that mean he will do it forever?
According to Barry Jackson’s column on the Miami Herald, he believes that there are three teams that could want Payton as their head coach.
The Dolphins allegedly were ready to hire him, but that didn’t happen, and Miami hired Mike McDaniel. Dallas and the LA Chargers are the other two teams that Jackson mentions in his article, and all three could benefit if they were able to lure him in as their coach.
Payton is an excellent football coach that made the Saints a team that opponents feared to play, so why wouldn’t he be able to do the same in other franchises?
Could Sean Payton come out of retirement to coach in Dallas, LA or Miami?
While the Dolphins’ fans should be excited about McDaniel, we all know how the NFL works. If a coach doesn’t find success right away, a team could look elsewhere, and Payton would be the first guy to call.
Payton wouldn’t go anywhere if he came out of retirement. He would go to a place with a good roster that could compete right away or someone that would allow him to put a squad together without hesitation.
Dallas would be the best fit for Payton among the three teams that Jackson included. The quarterback situation is reasonable, they have a lot of playmakers, and after Jerry Jones showed their NFL Draft selection, someone like Payton could help him step away from that role and allow the coach to do work.
However, will Jones and the other front office people be willing to give up that kind of control? Maybe if they are desperate enough to begin winning again.
As for Miami and the Chargers, if neither of their coaches work out, they would give that control to them. In my opinion, the Chargers would take a little more work, and while Miami has some playmakers, it would also take a little time.
Dallas has a solid roster who could compete, which they already showed last year. Adding Payton to the equation would elevate that franchise to success. He is 152-89 overall and only 58, so the Cowboys could invest in a long-term situation with him.
Payton is an excellent coach, and he doesn’t need to stay away from football, so the Cowboys should jump as soon as he decides to come back into coaching or convince him to come out of retirement.