The pursuit of Sean Payton looms large, if it hasn’t already begun

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In years past, while Sean Payton coached the Saints, November and December would have been the time for that Sunday Splash! Reports (Payton himself coined the term) indicate that this will be his last year in New Orleans.

Last year, which was actually his final year in New Orleans, there were no reports during the season that he would finish.

This year, it’s only a matter of time before reports surface linking Payton to potential openers in 2023. He’s made it clear he’ll be coaching again. Questions where and when?

“finally, Do you think I will be back? Absolutely,” Peyton told Garrett Bell USA Today in July. “There is no way to predict who that club might be. Normally, there are about six openings each year. If there is a suitable match somewhere, it will ultimately depend on several factors.”

Barry Jackson of Miami Herald previously listed Some factors: (1) warm weather. (2) a list that can compete; and (iii) controlling employee decisions.

Other important factors apply. Specifically, what is the team willing to pay Payton – and what is the team willing to offer the Saints.

Payton, who appeared on the most recent episode of Manningcast, joked (we think) regarding the Ravens’ team, Lamar Jackson, “He has a chance to be a free agent, and I have a chance to be a free agent. “

There is very little chance of either happening. The crows wouldn’t let Jackson get away. The Saints certainly wouldn’t let Payton get carried away either.

The Saints still hold Payton’s contractual rights, at least through 2024. He’s arguably entitled to compensation for his services indefinitely. He left with three years remaining on his contract. The Saints can take the position that he can’t simply sit out three years and then go wherever he wants, and that his contract charges a fee after he leaves voluntarily.

It’s an issue that could end up in a legal battle if a coach resigns with one year left on his contract, and then tries to join another team after being out for a year. It won’t be a problem with Payton, because he won’t sit out for three years. He almost didn’t sit outside for a year.

Reportedly, the Dolphins were ready to capitulate in the first round to acquire Payton for 2022 and beyond. As one league source said recently, other teams should have done the same. Payton is a proven commodity. Coordinators without coaching experience at the helm are of interest.

Although several of them are doing well this year (Giants coach Brian Dabul, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel), Nathaniel Hackett is struggling with the Broncos. In fact, it is already evident that he is one of those coordinators who is good at getting a promotion to a job he is not good at. (there ch in Game makers about this dynamic. I mention it because it is true and because Game makers It will be a great gift to someone else, or yourself, during the holiday season.)

Payton has shown that he can be a great coach, and he still is. What’s wrong with the saints this year? With all due respect to Dennis Allen and company, they don’t have Sean Payton. It is a force of nature. The dynamo of every waking moment requires total and total commitment, and who makes one. Not content with having an aggressively functioning “system”, he is constantly looking for ways to improve it. For ways to stay one step ahead of every defense his team will face.

It is worth choosing from the first round. In fact, it’s worth more than that. His net worth is $20 million a year. In fact, it’s worth more than that.

Really, what’s most important to an NFL team? Great player or great coach?

Payton isn’t the only great NFL coach. But he’s the only cool guy who’s currently unattached, who’ll be eyeing potential job openings for a hiring cycle starting seven weeks from today.

And these exercises are now known. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, owners routinely decide that their teams need a new coach. This time, Button is in the mix of potential candidates to change the team quickly if not immediately.

Sure, some owners are already planning to get to Payton. It is likely that this owner has already started moving.

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