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Should New Orleans Saints’ Sean Payton Be Considered Coach of the Year?

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

I have not heard much about who should be considered for the NFL’s coach of the year award for the 2013. The season is only halfway through and there is still a lot of football left to play. It is probably safe to rule out the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Gus Bradley and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Greg Schiano their 0-8 and 0-7 records, respectively. There are other coaches to be considered, however.

The New Orleans Saints’ Sean Payton is certainly a good candidate. He won the award in 2006 for his work in turning around the moribund Saints in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and years of insignificance and obscurity. He would eventually turn New Orleans into regular contenders and brought the Lombardi Trophy to the city of New Orleans for the first time in franchise history.

He should be considered as a candidate this year, however, for displaying just how important he is to the organization. In his absence last year the team lacked leadership, gave up a record setting 7,042 yards on defense, finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time in years. Now that he is back, however, the Saints look as strong as ever with an offense that is still as potent as it ever has been, a young defense that is consistently playing solid football and a 6-1 record exiting Week 8.

Payton would make an excellent candidate for Coach of the Year.

Another excellent candidate would be Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Having been ran out of Philadelphia after spending over a decade there, Reid went to Kansas City after they too, had a bad season in 2012. Not only did the Chiefs go 2-14, but there was also the unpleasantness of the murder-suicide committed by Jovan Belcher.

Now, however, Kansas City is the only undefeated team left in the the NFL and it is not just a coincidence. Reid is a a fantastic coach and it is unfortunate that he had leave Philadelphia the way that he did, but it is great for Chiefs’ fans.

So, no matter who wins the Coach of the Year Award, everybody wins when the NFL has fantastic coaches like Payton and Reid.

Jack Cavanaugh is a New Orleans Saints contributing writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @cav_jack, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.