Sean Payton reportedly in line for NFL head coaching job after stint in TV
Sean Payton is expected to spend this football season working in television and analyzing NFL developments. But there’s a report out that his coaching future is already in the works.
The Carolina Panthers are eyeing the Super Bowl-winning coach as the savior who can lead them back to the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl, sources told Front Office Sports. In an unusual move, the Panthers might be willing to wait a year while the former New Orleans Saints head coach works TV. Matt Rhule is currently entering his third season as head coach of the Panthers.
Payton, 58, currently has TV offers from both Amazon and Fox Sports. Payton is expected to serve as either studio analyst for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football coverage or as a game/studio analyst for Fox.
Payton coached the Saints to a 152-89 regular-season record and 9 playoff appearances in 15 seasons, including leading the 2009 Saints to winning the NFL title.
At the news conference when Payton stepped down from the Saints, he said he didn’t like the word retirement, and still believed he a vision for doing things in football. He did not close the door to returning to coaching, but said his heart wasn’t in it at the time.