Sean Payton is a well-respected head coach around the league and known as one of the greatest offensive minds of all time. Though the New Orleans Saints head coach only has one Super Bowl ring, he has a very impressive resumé.
With a record of 151-89, Payton has a total win percentage of .629%. However, what Sean Payton has accomplished this season might be one of his most impressive feats.
What Sean Payton did with Saints was remarkable
New Orleans came extremely close to making the playoffs finishing with a record of 9-8. Unfourtantley for the black and gold, the Rams couldn’t finish the job as the San Francisco 49ers took the final playoff spot.
Considering everything this team went through, just being in their position was a miracle. The city was put through a terrible tragedy in Hurricane Ida to start the year. This forced the team to practice in Dallas and not play its first real home game until Week 4.
It didn’t get much better for the team after that.
Starting quarterback Jameis Winston went down in Week 8 with an ACL tear. Shortly after that, it was announced that star receiver Michael Thomas suffered a setback in his rehab and would not be returning. The same was the case for kicker Wil Lutz not long after and the team struggled to find a decent kicker until they landed on Brett Maher later in the season.
The injury bug didn’t stop for New Orleans. Star player after star player was injured or put on the COVID-19 list. At one point, the team had as many as 20 players on the list, which led to the infamous Monday night game vs. the Dolphins.
Just to put the icing on the cake, this team went through five kickers, sixth and seventh string tackles playing, and the most different starters in NFL history. With all that being said, this team fought week in and week out and almost made the playoffs. The team went through a lot this season and looked like contenders throughout.
Payton is the reason this team was in the position they were. With all of the injuries and adversity, Payton found a way to keep his team motivated and hungry. They were so close to making the postseason and if they had, Payton should have been a lock for Coach of the Year with everything he had to deal with in 2021.
Fans should be excited for next season as the team will be getting numerous players back. Imagine what a healthy Saints can do next season if this team can go 9-8 battered and unhealthy!
As long as Sean Payton is the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, this team is in a good spot.