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Sean Payton might already have the itch to coach again.
The legendary New Orleans Saints coach parted ways with the team after last season, but nobody expects his retirement to be permanent.
Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
You know who else doesn’t expect Payton’s retirement to be permanent? Sean Payton.
“Ultimately, do I think I’ll get back in? Sure. There’s no way to predict who that club might be. Usually, there are about six openings every year. If there’s a right fit somewhere, that ultimately will depend on several factors,” Payton explained to USA Today when talking about his future plans and a potential return to coaching.
There’s already some potential landing spots being talked about for Payton when he does return. The Dolphins, Cowboys and Chargers have all been floated.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks over plays on the sidelines in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
The Cowboys have the biggest brand, but Justin Herbert’s ceiling has to make any coach interested.
What we all know for sure is that Payton isn’t done. Guys like him don’t just hang it up with gas left in the tank. They’re winners and they want to compete.
There’s no question Payton still has gas in the tank, and that means a return is almost certainly inevitable. Where will it be? Well, that’s a different question.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on as players stretch during NFL football practice in Fort Worth, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
As for a return happening, I’d suggest you count on it!