New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has officially been reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Payton is excited to get back to work with the Saints and plans to be with the team for a long time. Prior to his reinstatement Payton signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the Saints through 2017. Furthermore, Payton’s contract will make him the highest paid coach in the NFL.
During a press conference Payton had this to say in regards to the Saints:
“There was no way I was going to another team.”
That quote from Payton is very encouraging to Saints fans because there were rumors that Payton might go to the Dallas Cowboys to become the head coach there. However, it appears that Payton’s heart was always with the Saints.
Payton would have been a free agent in the off-season and would have been the top target for many teams. However, Payton showed his commitment to the Saints by signing the extension and there was really no other team he was interested in.
Payton brought New Orleans its first Super Bowl victory and has been the architect of one of the most successful offenses in the NFL. Furthermore, the combination of Payton and Drew Brees is superb as the duo have the second most wins for a QB-HC during the 2006-11 span.
The Saints are looking to bounce back from their “bountygate” season and reclaim the top spot in the NFC south. With Payton back with the team the future looks bright, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Payton will need to address the coaching vacancies the Saints currently have and, among other things, he will need to be evaluating prospects for the 2013 NFL draft.
Payton will be busy this off-season, but he could not be happier and Saints’ fans should never have worried because Payton was not going anywhere and he is here to stay.