New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has brought the Saints along way in his 6 year tenure.
Once the laughing stock of the league, it seemed the Saints would never make the change from perennial bottom dweller to one of the NFL’s premiere teams.
Payton’s witty coaching style has played a major role in the teams success – but if there is one factor that has contributed the most, it’s Payton’s knack for finding talent where others have failed.
One of his first moves was to bring in Drew Brees from the San Diego Chargers. There were other teams that thought of signing Brees, but with questions about an injured shoulder suffered the previous season, none were willing to make the deal.
Miami, the biggest contender for Brees’ talents, elected to sign Minnesota’s Daunte Culpepper instead, a move they would later regret.
Payton, looked beyond the headlines and took Brees on faith – and the rest as they say is history. Since then, Brees has gone on the lead the NFL in almost every passing category there is.
His 3 consecutive seasons with 4000+ passing yards and 30+ touchdowns, ties him with Hall of Famer Dan Marino on the all time list.
He lead the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2009 and his record 32 completions earned him MVP honors. Culpepper on the other hand was released by Miami after only 1 season with the Dolphins.