Sean Payton would be interested in 2023 NFL head coaching job if ‘right situation presented itself’
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Ex-NFL head coach Sean Payton stepped away from the sidelines following the 2021 season after 15 seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
He has found himself a job as a studio analyst, a gig that Payton says he is enjoying more than he initially thought.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton reacts during an NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Caesars Superdome on Dec. 27, 2021 in New Orleans.
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However, the pull of the sidelines has not gone away.
“I really enjoy what I’m doing right now,” Peyton said on the “New Orleans.Football” podcast. “More maybe than I thought. If the right situation presented itself, Mike, I would definitely be interested. And there’s no utopia, if you will when it comes to teams. If I felt like it was the right situation, I would have an interest in that.”
Even though Peyton is enjoying his new job away from the game, the Super Bowl champion coach still appears to have the itch to be on the sidelines.
“This past weekend’s game versus Tampa was the first time that I had a version of FOMO [fear of missing out],” Payton continued. “I was jealous of everyone that was there. Including random Bruce Arians on the sideline.”
New Orleans head coach Sean Payton watches his team warm up prior to the start of the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 9, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
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Should Payton decide to return to coaching for the 2023 NFL season, he would instantly vault to the top of the list for teams looking for a new face of the franchise.
In his 15 seasons with New Orleans, Peyton went 152-89, making the playoffs nine times and winning Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.
He is the all-time leader in games coached, wins and playoff wins in New Orleans franchise history.
Former NFL coach Sean Payton speaks during an interview on day 3 of SiriusXM At Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 11, 2022 in Los Angeles.
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Payton was linked to the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins head coaching positions during the offseason before taking a position with FOX as a studio analyst.
The Dolphins ultimately hired Mike McDaniel as their head coach, and Cowboys’ head coach Mike McCarthy is in the third year of a five-year deal in Dallas.
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