Sean Payton should be strong contender for Coach of the Year

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

Despite not having any offensive weapons in the first year of the post-Drew Brees era, the New Orleans Saints are 5-2 and just took down the Buccaneers in thrilling fashion. They’re able to be such a sneaky good team because of head coach Sean Payton, who has surprisingly low odds to win Coach of the Year.

WynnBET has Payton as +1300 odds to win Coach of the Year, sitting eighth as of now, behind Miek McCarthy (+600), Kliff Kingsbury (+650), Brandon Staley (+650), Sean McVay (+900), Sean McDermott (+1000), and Zac Taylor (+1100). This seems way too low for a guy who has led a team with as many issues as the Saints have to a 5-2 record and has them in playoff contention right now.

This isn’t the first time Payton has overcome tremendous odds either.

In 2019, Drew Brees was injured early in the season and was forced to miss five weeks. Teddy Bridgewater stepped in as the starting quarterback and New Orleans went 5-0 and eventually won the NFC South.

Brees was injured again last year and in stepped Taysom Hill, who won all but one game during his tenure as the starting quarterback. Payton is responsible for why this team has been able to keep on humming in times of need.

Sean Payton should have better odds for Coach of the Year.

Despite the lack of weapons, the Saints have also gone 5-2 without Michael Thomas, who is now for the year. They haven’t had Wil Lutz and have had to rely on a wide array of kickers as a result. They were without two of their starting offensive linemen for several weeks.

Oh and speaking of the starting quarterback missing time and the backup having to step in, Jameis Winston is out for the season after tearing his ACL. That means it’ll be either Taysom Hill time or Trevor Siemian time for the rest of the season.

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Even with that being the case, NOLA is 5-2 and looks like a force to be reckoned with come the playoffs. If this team with all of the issues they’ve had is able to make the postseason, Payton should be a lock to win Coach of the Year. He’d be more than deserving of it.