The league’s top head coaches were ranked based on their job security. Long-time New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton came in third.
To be fair, Sean Payton really should’ve been second on this list that was topped by NFL legend Bill Belichick. However, New Orleans Saints legend Sean Payton is still in a tear about the rest when it comes to the faith instilled in him by his organization.
Payton has been with the Saints for 12 seasons and has a .615 win percentage. A former quarterback himself, Payton has captained this team to one Super Bowl and eight playoff victories in those 12 success-filled years.
That said, NFL.com columnist Dan Hanzus created the head coach ranking. Here’s what he detailed about Payton and his position with the Saints.
"Like his quarterback, Drew Brees, Payton has become an institution in New Orleans. Since Payton and Brees took over the team in 2006, the Saints have won 10-plus games seven different times. They managed that feat just five times in their first 38 years as a franchise. Payton appeared vulnerable after a trio of 7-9 seasons (2014-16), but he has since returned the Saints to powerhouse status in the NFC. Perhaps — as has been endlessly speculated — Jerrah might lure his old friend to Dallas, where Payton was an assistant from 2003 to ’05, one day. Sean Payton could quit the Saints. But the Saints won’t quit Sean Payton."
Belichick was obviously No. 1 on the list as he’s been a Super Bowl machine for New England over the last decade. As for the second-most secure coach, that was given to Rams youngster Sean McVay.
It seems odd that Hanzus ranked such a young and rather inexperienced coach so high. Yes, he’s seen immense success in his short stint in the league, but he hasn’t had the adversity that it takes to be in the untouchable category.
Overall, for Payton, the Saints could be in for another outstanding season. With Drew Brees leading the charge, Payton added another elite threat in Jared Cook to an offense that already has weapons like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.
Their main nemesis in the NFC will again be the LA Rams, the team led by McVay. The Rams ended the Saints season last year on a controversial non-penalty that ultimately changed how the league has opted to allow penalty challenges.
That said, expect these two teams and these two coaches to be at odds again this coming postseason. Somehow, someway, we’ll get the rematch we all desire.