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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton
Jan 6, 2016; Metairie, LA, USA; Sean Payton talks to the media after announcing he will remain as the head coach for the New Orleans Saints during a press conference at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Sean Payton staying

With so much speculation, both negative and positive, surrounding New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and his future with the organization, nobody was one-hundred percent positive whether or not he would remain in control down on the bayou.

After a decade with the same team and after turning in three losing seasons in the past four years, questions will begin to emerge, whether it’s from the fans or the media.  Will he stay?  Will he go?  Does he even want to stay?  Is his time just up?

But after his press conference earlier this month following the tense days and hours leading up to it, there is no more question regarding Payton.  He is here to stay (for now), because this is what he loves and wants to do for the rest of his coaching career, and he made that very clear in a long, emotional, and powerful nationally televised address to the media and fans across the Who Dat Nation.

Granted, it has been a rough few years, but that’s part of it.  Payton even said stability provides for championships, but it doesn’t guarantee it. Patience is a virtue.  This is a young and growing football team.  This group took a big jump forward at the end of the year, turning in a 3-1 record during the final four games.  Let Coach do his thing.  Let him be a part of the rebuilding process.  He deserves it, at least for now.  Don’t worry — there will be changes that may and likely will help this offseason — some already have.

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For those who grew skeptical of Payton and called for his head, just remember, it would have been very difficult to immediately find somebody so dedicated to and emotionally involved in not only this football team, but also its fans and the city.  Did anybody truly want to see him go?  Keeping Payton around was the right decision.