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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton retiring from NFL

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton in the second half against the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is retiring, a source told New Orleans Football’s Nick Underhill.

There are now nine head coaching vacancies to fill around the NFL as the Saints join the Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.

There were reports as recently as this weekend that Payton was not guaranteed to return to the Saints. New Orleans will get a late start to the head-coaching search, though no hirings have been made across the NFL as of Tuesday.

Current Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has previous head-coaching experience with the Raiders and has received interest as a head-coaching candidate this offseason. If the Saints plan on hiring Allen, they would still need to go through a coaching search to fulfill the Rooney Rule, requiring teams to interview at least two external minority candidates.

Payton went 161–97 as the Saints’ head coach since being hired in 2006. He led New Orleans to one Super Bowl win during the 2009 season.

Sean Payton & The New Orleans Saints: Team offense grade and rank since 2010
Season PFF Grade Rank among 32 offenses
2021 69.9 24th of 32
2020 79.8 11th of 32
2019 86.1 1st of 32
2018 86.4 3rd of 32
2017 85.1 3rd of 32
2016 83.0 7th of 32
2015 83.2 4th of 32
2014 83.2 6th of 32
2013 90.1 2nd of 32
2012 87.4 7th of 32
2011 93.0 1st of 32
2010 81.8 7th of 32
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