The New Orleans Saints recently made Sean Payton’s contract extension official this week and he will be with the team through the 2017 season. With Payton’s extension the Saints can breathe easy knowing that they will have their head coach back for a very long time. Furthermore, the Saints will not have to go through a similar debacle like they did last off-season with Drew Brees’ contract situation.
Payton can officially rejoin the team after the conclusion of the Super Bowl. With Payton coming back he will have many issues that need to be addressed, and one of those issues will be his coaching staff. General manager Mickey Loomis had this to say about the Saints’ coaching decisions.
“Ultimately that’s Sean’s decision. I’ve always given him the opportunity to decide the makeup of his staff.”
It seems that Loomis and the Saints will give Payton the reins when it comes to the final say of the coaching staff. Most of the Saints’ coaches are either under contract already or have already re-signed with the team. Some of the coaches Payton will have to decide on are offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Carmichael and Kromer would be the coaches most likely to leave on their own terms while Spagnuolo could be on the chopping block. Ultimately I think Payton will hold on to Carmichael and Kromer and I think the feeling will be mutual.
Carmichael and Kromer should want to stay in New Orleans and continue being a part of the Saints dynamic offense, which should only get better with Payton’s return. No one is talking much about it, but Payton will need to make a decision of Spagnuolo.
Firing Spagnuolo is always an option for the team but then they would have to find a replacement for him fairly fast. Furthermore, the Saints’ horrendous defense will most likely have to learn a new defensive scheme and who knows how that will work out. Payton should probably hold on to Spagnuolo for this season and if the defense does not improve this season then Payton should consider letting go of Spagnuolo.
For this upcoming season Payton should not have to make too many changes to his coaching staff, if he makes any at all. With Payton back at the helm I think he should keep all of his current coaches and see how everything plays out since he will be back with the Saints next season.