NFC South Franchise Aims to Join Forces With Super Bowl Winning Coach Sean Payton

Published 05/14/2022, 5:45 AM EDT

Carolina Panthers have struggled to keep the house in order ever since their Super Bowl run a few years back. Sometimes the QB wasn’t there, sometimes the coach. And the roster disintegrated as well. Well now it seems they are picking up pace once again. And going for one of the most accomplished coaches out of an NFL HC role. Sean Payton is a Super Bowl winning HC but the Panthers are still with Matt Rhule. And Payton is moving to media. But it seems the move is already in the making.

Payton has TV offers from both Amazon and Fox Sports. He might work as a game/studio analyst for Fox, who had recently announced they had acquired Tom Brady. He has also been offered a position of studio analyst for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football coverage.

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Sean Payton while speaking on The Great Dane Nation podcast with Morten Andersen said – “Down the road if I choose to come back and coach, great,” Payton said. “But you want to be good at whatever you’re doing. So I’m looking forward to trying to be good in the studio.”

Sean Payton leaves after 15 great seasons with the Saints

After stepping down as head coach of the New Orleans Saints last season, Payton is no longer in charge. After 15 seasons with the Saints, including a Super Bowl triumph in the most unlikely of circumstances, the franchise fell apart on the field last season. 

New Orleans Coach Sean Payton | Mandatory Credit: USA Today| Courtesy: Reuters

With recent speculations that the Panthers are interested in Payton, current head coach Matt Rhule is entering his third NFL season with the team and needs a significant boost in performance. 

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After starting the season 3-0, the Panthers concluded with a 5-12 record, finishing last in their division. Despite the team’s poor record, billionaire owner David Tepper recently backed Rhule, who is 47 years old.  “I believe in Matt. He has my full support,” said Tepper

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With the 58-year-old, Sean Payton, now rumored to be a potential avenue, the franchise will explore, how he could benefit the team’s strategies. Payton could make just about any circumstances work with his attacking mentality.

After 15 years as the Saints’ head coach, Payton announced his retirement in January. The Saints were paying him roughly $9 million per year and If he returns to coaching, there will be lots more clubs clamoring for his services besides the Panthers. Possible bidders include the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and Miami Dolphins.

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Payton led the Saints to their first and only Super Bowl victory after the 2009 season. Before retiring, he was the league’s second-longest tenured coach, behind Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots.

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Aniket Srivastava

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Aniket Srivastava is an NFL Writer at Essentially Sports. Having completed his bachelor's in Architecture, he has worked under a few Architects until his love for writing urged him to be a full-time writer. Aniket has a keen interest in NFL and ardently follows two teams: Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, of course, because of Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, respectively.

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