Many professional athletes long to return to the field after retirement – and some do.
It’s no different for coaches. Ask Sean Payton.
Payton, who is working for Fox Sports this season after leaving his coaching job with the New Orleans Saints in January, said he would be interested in returning as NFL head coach in 2023 if c is the “good situation”.
“If the right situation arose, I would definitely be interested,” Payton said on the NewOrleans.Football podcast, which was posted on Wednesday. “And there is no utopia, if you will, when it comes to teams, but if I felt like it was the right situation, I would have an interest in that. Everything that being said, it could happen in a year, it could happen in two years.
Payton, who led the Saints to a Super Bowl title with a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, has a career record of 152-89 (0.631 winning percentage), not counting his one-season suspension in 2012 He is 9-8 in the playoffs. The Saints, who started 1-1, hired Dennis Allen, who was Payton’s defensive coordinator, to be their next head coach.
Payton, 58, said he should share the same vision with team owners and the front office.
“The most important element is the functional property [and] front office…because there’s a handful of teams that aren’t, and those teams, no matter what, they can win on Sunday but they’re struggling to win in the long run,” he said. -he declares. “The opportunity to win consistently and the drive to build the right culture and all of those things.”
Payton, who served as New Orleans head coach for 16 seasons, will have two more seasons on his contract with the Saints after the 2022 season. That means if he accepts a coaching job in the NFL the next season, his new team should compensate the Saints.
Payton said he was enjoying his Fox Sports gig but felt the need to return to the sidelines while watching the Saints-Buccaneers’ Week 2 game, which Tampa Bay won 20-10.
“Last weekend’s game against Tampa was the first time I had a version of FOMO [fear of missing out],” he said. “I was jealous of everyone there, including the random Bruce Arians on the sidelines.”
The 69-year-old Arians, who quit as Buccaneers head coach before the season to become senior assistant to general manager Jason Licht, were sidelined for Sunday’s game and received a warning from the NFL for his conduct.
Payton said working in television allows him to recharge his batteries, like in 2012 when he was suspended for a season by the NFL following the league’s bounty investigation. The movie ‘Home Team’ – starring Kevin James – was based on Payton’s life coaching his son’s football team during the one-year ban.
“I hope I am quite certain that this [time away from the game] does the same,” Payton said.