Sean Payton steps down as coach of
Orlean Saints

Sean Payton's first head
coaching position in New Orleans was in 2006, and the Saints had only one postseason victory since their inception in 1967.

For the next head coach in New Orleans, the bar will be set much higher.

Payton stated Tuesday
afternoon during a press conference attended by owner Gayle Benson, senior management, and assistant coaches, "I don't like the word retiring."

"In football, I still have a vision." And, to be honest, I may return to coaching at some time in the future.

"I don't believe it will be this year; I believe it will be later." "Right now, it isn't where my heart is."

In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, Payton led the Saints to the playoffs.

New Orleans finished 9-8 in its first season after Drew Brees' retirement, narrowly missing out on the playoffs.

In 2006, Payton signed the quarterback as a free agent and brought him to New Orleans.

Payton persuaded the Saints
to take a chance on Brees, who had recently had shoulder surgery, since "we weren't winning any jump balls" for skill.