When looking to what the future holds for the Saints, the past may be a good indicator. It will be tough to replace everything that Sean Payton is to this team. He is definitely the most successful head coach in Saints history. Having won 64.6% (62 of 96) of the regular-season games he has coached in, he is nearly 10% ahead of the next closest man, Jim Mora (55.7%). He is the only coach in franchise history to get the Saints to a conference championship game.
It is a feat he has actually accomplished twice, and he is also the only coach in team history to win a Super Bowl.
Sean Payton clearly has a place on the list of great offensive minds in the game today. The Saints have been one of the best and most consistent offenses in the league under Payton’s tenure.
Poll the coaches around the NFL today, and you will find that he would be recognized as an offensive genius. Payton’s replacement, Joe Vitt, should to be able to implement Payton’s plan without a hitch.
He has the same type of competitive fire and will to win. He will certainly be more than likely to instill a focus in this team from week to week.
The only other issue would seem to be play-calling. However, it does not seem like much of an issue, as Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael is more than adequate to do so. In fact he might just be perfect for the spot, already having a connection with Drew Brees.