New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton's marriage finds breaking point

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Jan 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton reacts on the sideline against the Detroit Lions during the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Lions 45-28. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

As if the year-long suspension isn’t enough for New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, the news of his divorce is a surprise yet, not so much.

The lifestyle of an NFL head coach is at least a demanding and grueling job.  The constant pressure to not only facilitate the day to day functions of a team along with keeping your job is enough to drive anyone to the brink.

Add in the Type-A personality of Sean Payton and it’s really not such a shocker that he and his wife Beth’s marriage has been stretched to the limit over the last six years.

Payton was tasked with not only reviving a franchise that was thought to be moving to Texas at one time, but also keeping the success of the team going strong each season.

Most head coaches in the NFL, along with their staff, work grueling hours in both the off-season and the regular season.  Staying late nights and on some occasions even staying at the facility overnight.

The meticulous preparation leading up to the NFL Draft, OTA’s, training camp, preseason, regular season, and postseason is in many ways akin to having to run your own household and family.

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