November 30, 2022

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Sean Payton is working for Fox Sports activities this season after stepping down from his teaching job with the New Orleans Saints in January, however he says he’s curious about returning as an NFL head coach in 2023 for the “proper scenario.”

“If the appropriate scenario introduced itself, I might positively have an interest,” Payton mentioned on the NewOrleans.Soccer podcast, which was posted Wednesday. “And there’s no utopia, if you’ll, in the case of groups, but when I felt prefer it was the appropriate scenario, I might have an curiosity in that. That every one being mentioned, that might are available a yr, that might are available two years.”

Requested what he can be on the lookout for in a training alternative, Payton mentioned the appropriate possession and entrance workplace is vital.


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“Crucial component is useful possession [and] entrance workplace … as a result of there’s a handful of groups that aren’t, and people groups, no matter what takes place, they’ll win on Sunday however they’ve bother successful long run,” he mentioned. “The chance to win constantly and the willingness to construct the proper tradition and all these issues.”

Payton will nonetheless have two seasons left on his Saints contract after the 2022 season, which means that if he have been to take an NFL teaching job in 2023, his new staff must compensate the Saints.

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The Miami Dolphins have been penalized by the NFL in August for having “impermissible communications” with agent Don Yee in January about Payton changing into the staff’s head coach. The NFL discovered that the Dolphins “didn’t search consent” from the Saints to start the talks, which occurred earlier than he stepped down from his job with New Orleans. The Dolphins finally employed Mike McDaniel as their head coach.

Payton, 58, left his job with the Saints in January after 16 seasons with the franchise. At his information convention in January to debate his resolution to depart the Saints, he didn’t rule out a future return to teaching however he mentioned his focus was on discovering a tv job as an NFL analyst.

He finally discovered that job with Fox Sports activities and he mentioned on the podcast that he’s “actually having fun with” his position with the community. However that doesn’t imply he doesn’t miss teaching, and he mentioned the Saints’ Week 2 recreation in opposition to Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the primary time this season he wished he was again on the sidelines.

“This previous weekend’s recreation versus Tampa was the primary time I had a model of FOMO [fear of missing out]. I used to be jealous of everybody that was there, together with random Bruce Arians on the sidelines,” he mentioned.

Arians, who stepped down because the Buccaneers’ head coach earlier than the season to change into a senior assistant to common supervisor Jason Licht, was on the sidelines for the Sunday recreation and drew a warning from the NFL for his conduct.

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Payton mentioned working in tv is permitting him to recharge his batteries, equally to 2012 when he was suspended for a season by the NFL because of the league’s bounty investigation.

“Hopefully, I’m fairly sure that is doing the identical factor,” Payton mentioned.

Payton’s document with the Saints was 152-89 (.631 successful share), not together with his season-long suspension in 2012. He went 9-8 within the postseason and led the Saints to a championship with a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Tremendous Bowl XLIV.

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