Sean Payton is working for Fox Sports this season after leaving his coaching position with the New Orleans Saints in January, but says he is interested in returning as NFL head coach in 2023 to the “good situation”.
“If the right situation arose, I would definitely be interested,” Payton said on the NewOrleans.Football podcast, which was posted on Wednesday. “And there is no utopia, if you will, when it comes to teams, but if I felt like it was the right situation, I would have an interest in that. That being said, it could happen in a year, it could come in two years.”
Asked what he would look for in a coaching opportunity, Payton said the right ownership and the right front office are important.
“The most important element is the functional property [and] front office…because there’s a handful of teams that aren’t, and those teams, no matter what, can win on Sunday but they’re struggling to win in the long run,” a- he said, “The opportunity to win consistently and the drive to build the right culture and all of those things.”
Payton will still have two seasons left on his contract with the Saints after the 2022 season, meaning if he were to take up an NFL coaching job in 2023, his new team would have to compensate the Saints.
The Miami Dolphins were penalized by the NFL in August for having “illicit communications” with agent Don Yee in January about Payton becoming the team’s head coach. The NFL found the Dolphins “did not seek consent” from the Saints to begin the talks, which took place before he quit his job in New Orleans. The Dolphins eventually hired Mike McDaniel as head coach.
Payton, 58, quit his job with the Saints in January after 16 seasons with the franchise. During his press conference in January to discuss his decision to leave the Saints, he did not rule out a future return to coaching, but he said his goal was to get a job in television as a NFL analyst.
He eventually found that job at Fox Sports, and he said on the podcast that he “really enjoyed” his role with the network. But that doesn’t mean he’s not lacking in practice, and he said the Saints’ Week 2 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the first time this season he’s wanted to be back on the line. touches.
“Last weekend’s game against Tampa was the first time I had a version of FOMO [fear of missing out]. I was jealous of everyone who was there, including the random Bruce Arians on the sidelines,” he said.
Arians, who resigned as Buccaneers head coach before the season to become senior assistant to general manager Jason Licht, was sidelined for Sunday’s game and received an NFL caution for his conduct.
Payton said working in television allows him to recharge his batteries, like in 2012 when he was suspended for a season by the NFL following the league’s bounty investigation.
“I hope I’m absolutely sure it does the same thing,” Payton said.
Payton’s record with the Saints was 152-89 (.631 winning percentage), not including his one-season suspension in 2012. He went 9-8 in the playoffs and led the Saints to a championship with a 31-17 win over Indianapolis. Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.