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Ranking Sean Payton’s accomplishments as head coach of NOLA Saints

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Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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4. His final year

We have to give Sean Payton a ton of credit for what he was able to accomplish this season.

For the past decade and a half, Payton watched as his defensive stars changed, his former great receivers aged and his special team units were up and down. Throughout it all, Payton could always depend on quarterback Drew Brees.

The two formed one of the most dynamic duos in the league and were consistent Super Bowl contenders. But, with Brees hanging up his cleats for good the season prior, Payton dealt with an unwanted rollercoaster ride at the QB position for the first time in his career and it wasn’t any fun.

Payton’s Saints produced the most starting QBs this year as Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill went down with season-ending injuries, allowing the immortal Trevor Siemian and rookie Ian Book to get a few starts.

Despite the injury issues, which included stud receiver Michael Thomas not playing a single game and an incredibly weak offense, ranking 19th overall, Payton somehow led the Saints to a 9-8 record. Up until the last day of the season, Payton had New Orleans in position to make a postseason appearance. There aren’t many coaches in NFL history that can pull that off.